Poetry: Life Hurts


Okay, let's face it--life sometimes stinks. Pain, frustrations, stress, disappointment, discouragement, betrayal, emptiness, loneliness, sadness--they do not discriminate. Some come with doing life--they're inevitable, quite like paying taxes. Others chase after us, even as we try our hardest to run away. Perhaps, that's the one thing that makes us human--the commonality of suffering. This hub is not an attempt to make the pain go away. But it tries to allay, even if for a brief moment, the sting of pain with a little bit of poetry and a little bit of inspirational quotes. And sometimes, a little is all it takes.



Pain seeps through

Even to the strongest of hearts

And find the weakest spot.

It carries daggers

of pointed teeth

to poke, rake and bleed.

It slices through

revealing sinews of sorrow

the raw of disappointment, failure and shame.

It doesn't stop

until it has unleashed one drop

and then a flood.

Then it stands aside

a snide smile

to sneer and cheer.


Cry Me a River

The silent tear

The empty space

The hollow I hear

even in the midst of din

eats away



like a moth at work


one tiny bite after another

the resistance I willed

disappear with

each deliberate gulp.

The hollow grows


to swallow

any semblance of dignity

Tears swell

and course down cheeks

even rivers of pain cannot

fill the hollow inside.

or mute the deafening pain.

Does pain seem callous? Indifferent to your suffering? I feel that way, sometimes. But nature has provided a way to make it bearable--tears. Cry a little , cry a lot--the ability to cry is a good indication that you will muddle your way through the flood, storm, raging oceans or fire of trials. Or hail or snow blizzards or whatever pet name you give your pain.

So allow yourself to cry, if you have to. There's no shame in that and in so doing, you may just have found the release your soul needs. Even if you have to cry in your closet.


Know Your Tears: Are there health benefits to tears?

You bet, according to tear experts. Whether they are tears of joy or sadness, tears are essential to the emotional and physiological health of your body. How do I know? I don't but experts do. Here's the lowdown:

There are 3 categories of tears:

  • Reflex tears: Tears triggered by pollutants or irritants. The body protects us by crying, washing out the noxious particles.
  • Continuous tears: Tears produced to keep our eyes lubricated and such tears contain "lysozyme," a chemical crucial to fighting bacteria, thus protecting our eyes from infection. In addition, the tears keep the nose moist and bacteria free.
  • Emotional Tears (the kind most implicated in this hub): Tears produced when we're sad or stressed. Happily, such tears contain stress hormones (and other toxins that the body produces during "painful" situations) and they get flushed out of our body by the very act of crying. Some studies also suggest that crying stimulates the production of endorphins, the body's feel-good hormones and natural pain-killer. Experts also note that after crying, heart rate and breathing decrease, inducing a natural emotional and biological calm.

There, feel better?

All materials copyrighted. All quotes properties of Angeline Oppenheimer unless otherwise stated.

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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for sharing your reflection on this subject.

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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

This is such a beautiful hub. Liked it till the end! The pictures along with it are beautiful with lovely quotes about the realities in life.

And, the final bit made me feel good :-) So crying is good in a way!

Thank you for sharing this with us. Votes up and sharing!

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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

A good hub and I loved some of those captions, too. So true!

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anglnwu 3 years ago Author

Mhatter, thanks for being the first to comment. Always appreciate your visit.

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anglnwu 3 years ago Author

livingsta, always good to hear from you. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the votes up.

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teaches12345 3 years ago

Lovely! I like your definition of the tears. I believe crying does help release the pain and aids in healing.

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anglnwu 3 years ago Author

Blossom B, glad you like it. Thanks for reading.

teaches1245, thank goodness for tears. Thanks for commenting.

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jill of alltrades 3 years ago from Philippines

I love how you wrote this hub - poems interspersed with visuals! Beautiful! Oh yes, tears always have a cleansing and healing effect!

Did you make all those cards? They are wonderful!

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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Beautiful poem and I love the pictures with quotes too! Crying is good for us from time to time. It is the letting go of emotion, let it pour out and relieve our hearts. Voting this up and beautiful! :)

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anglnwu 3 years ago Author

Hi Jill, good to see you here. I made those with my name on it. Thanks for your encouragement.

sgbrown, thanks for your vote of confidence. Crying is so liberating. Appreciate the visit.

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Lovely poem and the quotes too. It is truly said that the best poetry flows out of a pained heart.

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anglnwu 3 years ago Author

Thanks, rajan jolly. It's jolly good to hear from you.

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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Beautiful poems profound and deep. The quotes are perfect addition to the hub. If only the pain was easily flushed out with our tears.

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anglnwu 3 years ago Author

Thanks, Rosemay, I appreciate your kind words.

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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Anglnwu, how very beautiful, the words and the pictures.

The tears wash away the pain from the soul, even Jesus wept.

There is a song on youtube called "When Ten Thousand Angels Cried" that is what this reminds me of.

Voted up and shared.

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anglnwu 3 years ago Author

Thanks, Shyron, glad you liked it.

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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

Wow to say that your words are deep really doesn't push or explain what I'm trying to say. You truly have a special talent and I'd love it if you world review some of my poems on here.

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anglnwu 2 years ago Author

Thanks, joedolphin88, for your kind comments.

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James-wolve 2 years ago from Morocco

Beautiful poetry and nice Prologue and Epilogue .Voted up !

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anglnwu 2 years ago Author

Hi James, thanks for your vote of confidence.

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James-wolve 2 years ago from Morocco

I see that you have only that work of poetry.Why can't you write more?You have got a talent.so why you keep it hidden under a bushel?

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anglnwu 2 years ago Author

James, coming from you, quite the poet yourself, I take that as a compliment. I know I should take time to listen to the inner voice and get on with it. If you look at my profile, you'll find a few more. Thanks for your kind words.

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James-wolve 2 years ago from Morocco

Thanks for letting me know :) and sorry I didnt comb through far enough :)

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anglnwu 2 years ago Author

No worries, James. Thanks for checking back.

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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I like this hub! I loved your line "sneer and cheer" in the first poem. I enjoyed your poetry.

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anglnwu 2 years ago Author

Thanks, Victoria Lynn, for your positive comments.

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kumarlaltu 2 years ago from Bhubaneswar

Very nice poetry loved it.

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anglnwu 2 years ago Author

Thanks, Kumarlaltu!!

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