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Stop the World - A Poem about Giving Up

Updated on February 8, 2015
"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


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    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Lady E!

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      Elena 

      3 years ago from London, UK

      Very Inspiring. Great share.

      Thanks

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

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

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks so much, Debbie. Such a nice comment!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 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 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      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 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      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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      Sonya L Morley 

      6 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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      Movie Master 

      6 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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      Poetic Fool 

      6 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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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 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.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      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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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Beautiful comments, KatrineDalMonte. Thank you.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      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 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, saday.

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

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 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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      KatrineDalMonte 

      6 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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      Carolee Samuda 

      6 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.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 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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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 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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      saday 

      6 years ago from India

      Hmmm... Nice Poem Victoria

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Sondra 

      6 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 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      prasetio30 

      6 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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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      6 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

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      GDiBiase 

      6 years ago from Portland, ME

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

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Glad you like the poem, cherrycrime!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Audrey...so, so much!

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      January Moon 

      6 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      Great poem, voted up

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

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

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