Every time I suffer, I write betterer than before

Van Gough self-portrait with bandaged ear from mike_smith's_flickr Source: flickr.com
Van Gough self-portrait with bandaged ear from mike_smith's_flickr Source: flickr.com
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Words (Explored) from Rebeca Cygnus Source: flickr.com

Every time I suffer, I write betterer than before.

By Tony DeLorger © 2011


The soul of a poet is a fragile thing,

words gleaned from the travesties of life,

where everything looks shiny on the outside,

but black with large jagged teeth on the inside.

And yet it is my dismal days of pain and anxiety

that inspires my greatest work,

blood the essence of the ink laid on virgin pulp.

No ear did I dismember, no cries of pain ensue,

just the ache of a heart torn,

by the cruel and often ironic twists of life.

These yield my words of wisdom,

my souls yearning for truth unencumbered,

the righting of wrongs and the balance of worlds.

I am but a puppet of my heart,

open and vulnerable to the darkest thoughts,

the most beauteous visions and the deepest loves,

the wildest possibilities

and a never-ending hope for peace.

I am a poet and my words grace the page through a million tears,

the pain of life and the ecstasy of potential,

and the pure and singular passion for love.

I paint pain on a page and turn it to whimsy,

take death in mind and turn it into life,

take misery and angst and turn it into beauty,

take hope and turn it into reality.

The soul of a poet is a fragile thing,

the more it breaks, the more its true nature is revealed,

and words, like snowflakes on a white canvas,

meld into possibility.

Every time I suffer, I write betterer than before.


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

A poignant comment Kim. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for dropping by. It's much appreciated.


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kimh039 5 years ago

Thanks Tony. I feel re-united with humanity now:) powerful and powerless. hopeless and hopeful. beautiful.


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

You are very kind Genna; I very much appreciate your comment. Take care.


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Glad you connected Kimberley. yes, life is filled with irony. Thanks for reading.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Where do I begin? This is exceptional. I feel like my thoughts have been invaded, but in the best of ways.

“I paint pain on a page and turn it to whimsy…”

Just one of the jewels found here. This is poetry at its best.


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Kimberley Lane 5 years ago from N.W.Pacific Coast, USA

Your mirrors are amazing.. almost too revealing for me, of myself. Though, how odd it is that this is what makes one crave for more! Bravo!


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks for reading raciniwa.


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

ouch, what powerful words you have here Tony...


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks JaxonVast, thanks for reading.


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JaxonVast 5 years ago

Very true... as a starving artist i feel this.


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks for reading chrisam01, glad you liked it.


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chrisam01 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California, USA

Great, great words woven into truth. Ironic but true!

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