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The Struggle Continues

Updated on January 1, 2013
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The Struggle Continues

By Tony DeLorger © 2011


Sometimes my soul feels like a parched desert, cracked and open,

dry from weathered life and the expense of the harsh actions of others.

Their selfish deeds like low blows invade my being with ferocity,

my open mind prey to their venting personal conflicts.


I can choose to veil myself, creates walls of protection,

but in doing so I shut myself from the beauty, the finer world.

So I remain prey to the hateful, open to the lower mentalities,

unable to have one without the other.


The problem becomes obvious within a world of conflict,

the air filled with injustice and bitterness.

It seeps into you like a fog, absorbed into your being,

relentlessly invading your will to entreat anger.


It takes all my resources to resist this invasion of negative thought,

and to remain focused on the love and compassion of a world to be.

I can but uphold my will by expression and continue my fight,

knowing that love will conquer fear in the end.


Not many understand this internal conflict,

this unyielding struggle, this path of isolation.

But I remain true to myself and hold tightly to my belief,

that I will prevail and love as a consequence.


My beating heart is proof enough,

that life will triumph over the adversity of fear.


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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for reading and your comment QudsiaP1

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      QudsiaP1 6 years ago

      The struggle will continue indeed.

      It must always.

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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thank you Fennelseed. The 'what ifs' really don't matter. We are who we are, and a life cut short lived in love and compassion is far more worthwhile than a long life of ignorance and contention. Take care

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      Annie Fenn 6 years ago from Australia

      There are those who live in a black and white world who know nothing of compassion and empathy. They skim the surface of life taking what they will with little concern for others. They know nothing of this struggle that you speak of, because they have no concern for anyone but themselves. It's their win at all costs attitude that creates conflict in this world. They are shallow and uncaring.

      You are blessed with a compassionate heart and you see the world with all the colours of the spectrum. You see and appreciate beauty for what it is not for what it can do for you.

      I understand and appreciate the conflict in your poem. It is beautifully written and clearly expresses your frustration.

      My son has a compassionate soul. I sometimes feel he would still be here if he didn't, as extreme kayaking was his escape from a hostile world - a world where he felt he didn't belong. I am proud of him and who he was.

      Be proud of yourself also.

      Thank you for sharing this poem.

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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for reading and your comment Kim. Much appreciated

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      Kim Harris 6 years ago

      What a powerful morning meditation, Tony. Thank you! It's easier to retaliate and lash out in return,than to choose to love. It's easier to love the lovable than the unlovable too. Thanks for the reminder, Tony.

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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for your comment AJ

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      Apostle Jack 6 years ago

      Here and there and everywhere come and goes the challenges and trials and tribulations of this sin infested world.

      BUT,as it is written in the words of Christ....I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.