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"Despair" by Eric Wayne Flynn

Updated on July 27, 2015


Of this world

In despair

The overwhelming weight of inevitability

Heavier than we have ever been

In this moment... of.............


Fueled by afterthoughts

Vehicles for this narrative

Speeding out of control

Directing down into the pit

The belly of the beast

Inside us, swelling with circumstance

Filled with despair

The intuitive tummy, poisoning my mind

I feel it in my guts, as I expand and try to define

The hollowness, this empty vacant state of affairs

Deep down in my core, I can feel it, this feeling, we call despair

We all must act, like we haven't a clue and that we do not care

Swollen little bellies, wallowing around, impregnated with despair

The birth rite, this inheritance, it's now forever theirs

This world over run with the devil, this world be atoned by those with despair

The good, the just, the noble souls, for the love of truth, challenge this weight, this cross that we must share

For our saviour is out there tonight, in these dark seas, swimming back to thee, in this life, in this body, in this soul, in this hour, of despair


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    • Eric Flynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Hi Christine, I'm flattered with the adjective "extraordinary", thanks, and joy does carry on; fuel to continue the fight.


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      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Thanks Dana, you're always on point in your critique. I agree when you say there are many of us who wait to be ruled in righteousness.


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      3 years ago


      Lovely...extraorinary actually ...I've read it twice now. It makes me think: Why do I sometimes longer so?

      ...this empty vacant state..." I like that! A captor indeed is Despair, it never satisfies, but as your hub illustrates- it sits here with us, along with the presence of joy!

      Keep going,


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      Dana Tate 

      3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I love how you rounded this poem out. The heavy burden we must all bear. Carrying our cross's and the weight of the world is something we must all share. Since Adam and Eve, we've all been carrying the burden of someones mistakes. From racism to bad politics to destroying the planet and so forth. Since the beginning of time when man rejected God as their universal king, and wanted to be ruled by man instead, we have been dependent on mans ability to discern right from wrong. And so we despair, and live in despair and the hope of the promise; which is, one day this world will be ruled in righteousness. Another deep and thought-provoking masterpiece. Voted up!

    • Eric Flynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Hi Bluebird, I love how adamant you're, there's passion there, I'm glad you have faith.


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      3 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this. As you express so well, it is heavy for sure, the weight of this world and what it's coming to. I appreciate your every thought and care. Mankind has gotten itself into a real fix, and mankind cannot fix it. But the lesson will be learned. God will see to it. Then He'll fix it for us. Only He can! And because He is love and has all power and wisdom to do so.

      And He will! No doubt! All of us being God's children have a big lesson to learn.

    • Eric Flynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Hi Jodah, I am also optimistic through faith, but when the worlds darkness is overwhelming I feel that despair, which is good, we can't tune out all this negative energy. We have to digest it and be extra diligent in conditioning ourselves to handle the attack. Thanks as always.


    • Eric Flynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Thank you very much Missy for the visit and kind words, I appreciate it.


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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow, I love this one Eric. I sometimes too feel that despair with the way the world is going but I am also optimistic that good will overcome evil, and we can turn it around. The "swollen bellies" remind me of little children suffering from malnutrition...great imagery. Voted up.

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      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Very Beautiful! I'm all to familiar with this despair you talk about. I do believe we all can relate. Nice Poem! :) Voted^^^ *interesting *awesome *beautiful


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