Stop the World - A Poem about Giving Up

"The world is spinning!"
"The world is spinning!" | Source

Stop the world--let me off--

trite, overused, but true.

Stop this madness, ever lost--

I've had enough; I'm through.


Shake it off, this world of pain,

Heartless, wounds can't mend.

Shake it off, hands that grip,

No mercy till bitter end.


Wipe it away, the sea of tears,

the ache, the piercings deep.

Wipe it away, the fruitless hopes.

Bleak memories, never weep.


End this all--never ending,

long, fast, furious pace.

End this all--let me quit alone,

and leave the human race.


#3 National Poetry Month 2012


Encouragement NOT to give up

Giving up?

Have you ever felt like giving up?

  • Yes, often.
  • Yes, but I get past it. (Perhaps share how in the comments?)
  • No, I've never felt that way.
  • Other. Please share in the comment section, if you would like.
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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Bleak memories, never weep. Sad place to be--but I know this feeling well--lovely work!


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cherrycrime26 4 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

Great poem, voted up


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Audrey...so, so much!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Glad you like the poem, cherrycrime!


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GDiBiase 4 years ago from Portland, ME

Touching Poem Victoria Lynn, it made me feel it! voted up!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

GDiBiase--Glad it made you feel it! Thanks for the vote!


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jhamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

Very good! I cannot count how many times I have felt so strongly for the ability to step off, or aside. Funny though how things seem to fall back to normal over time. I will start to tag my poems with the "National Poetry Month 2012" Thank You. Jamie


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Brilliant and I love this poem very much. Thanks for writing and share with us. Rated up and enjoy your day.

Prasetio


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

jhamann--I've felt this way often! :-) Glad you could relate.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Wow beautifully sad Victoria Lynn. I think we all have those moments when we want to get off and leave behind all the feelings that don't make us smile.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks so much prasetio. So glad you like the poem!


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saday 4 years ago from India

Hmmm... Nice Poem Victoria


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Some days I feel just like the words in your poem. You wrote it well and beautifully.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

This poem is so very beautiful with indepth meaning and very well written. Loved it. Voted up. Awesome.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I love the flow and the rhythm. The last line hurt a little because it said "and let me quit alone and leave this human race". Reminds me of a sad time when I wanted to leave this human race. I wont say more. But I do love it.


KatrineDalMonte 4 years ago

We live in a fast-paced world. It's important to take a step back and unwind, take time for yourself, rest, relax, chill out, enjoy every moment, live it to its fullest.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

I think of the song "MAKE THE WORLD GO AWAY" as I read these expressive, universal words, Victoria.

Well penned with much sensitivity. UP & Beautiful.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Ardie! I sure feel that way a lot!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, saday.

Hyphenbird--I feel that way often! Thanks for the compliment, too.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

So glad you liked it, Vellur. I always love your comments!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I'm glad you loved it, Cardisa, and I'm sorry that the last line struck a sad chord in you. Take care.....


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Beautiful comments, KatrineDalMonte. Thank you.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ah, mar--Thank you so much. I love your comments so much. Thanks for the votes, too!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Oh Victoria, you have managed to put into words all the emotion that says "enough already." Absolutely awesome poem which I will share on FB, Twitter, Digg and more with a link to your profile as well.

You have made it possible for others to feel "ok" about not feeling "ok." Make any sense? See - I need lessons from you on writing good poetry. :-) My vote is up!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This poem holds a deep sadness that is felt by so many during those difficult times in our life. Good expression of emotions. Thanks for sharing.


Poetic Fool 4 years ago

Vicki, these sentiments I relate to readily and even wrote a poem along similar lines. I think you did much better job than I though! The world does seem like this sometimes, doesn't it? For me, and I suspect you too, writing about it helps us to cope. Thanks for this awesome piece!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I can relate to these words, you have written the emotions so beautifully.

Thank you and voted up.


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Sonya L Morley 4 years ago from Edinburgh

I think this is a poem that we can all relate to every now and then. Great poem, it is always so reassuring to read poetry that addresses the emotions that everyone goes through in their lives.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

vocal--So nice for you to share this poem with your sites. And, yes, it makes total sense what you said about feeling "ok" about not feeling "ok." I think we're all there at one time or another. So glad you can relate to my poem!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, teaches, for your input. And for sharing!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yes, Poetic Fool, the world does seem like this sometimes. I appreciate your compiments about the poem. Writing does help us cope--that's for sure!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks so much, MovieMaster. I always appreciate your comments.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Sonya. I agree. I like to read poetry that I can relate to. Glad you could. :-)


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Victoria beautiful work.. I love how you write your poetry.. You write like I think it should be written

Blessing to you my friend

Debbie


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks so much, Debbie. Such a nice comment!


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

You express the feeling in this poem so well. Voted up and awesome.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Blossom--Glad you felt it! Thanks for the votes!


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Lady_E 18 months ago from London, UK

Very Inspiring. Great share.

Thanks


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Victoria Lynn 17 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Lady E!

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