The Gift

Life is beautiful
I know this to be true
And like the protagonist
In ‘War and Peace’
It’s taken hard time
Hitting rock bottom
And suffering
To see it clearly
And so it’s with gratitude
That I greet each day
And thank my lucky stars
That in didn’t end
In the depths of despair
All those years ago
Now I see
This amazing phenomenon
Of being a conscious being
With thought and body and soul
As a rare and beautiful gift
To be treasured and cherished
Life’s a gift
Make the most of it

I’m 33 yr old red blooded male from Canberra, Australia, writing poetry to process the pain of a lengthy jail sentence and to spread positivity about the magic of being a living human at an exciting point of history. Most of my poems were written while incarcerated and share the kind of resilience and hope that comes from facing hardship.

I chose a nautical aesthetic because the of richness of meaning and metaphor in the Sea speaks to me of the person I’d like to be.


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2 thoughts on “The Gift

  1. Beautifully said. Hang in there.

  2. difficult times teach us the best lesson!

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