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A Tinge of Dread

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A Tinge of Dread

Whatever you anticipate
Contains a tinge of dread.
It’s better to acknowledge it
And hope it doesn’t spread.

If you prefer pretending,
Looking only at the good,
You’ll be shocked when you discover
How much you’ve misunderstood.

Though they talk of silver linings,
To an optimist’s delight,
We who recognize disasters
Know that’s only partly right.

For no matter the occasion,
Even those imbued with joy,
There is doubt or grief or anguish
Which the fates may yet employ.

With experience behind me,
There’s a lesson I have learned:
It’s the pessimist who’s powerful,
Preparing to get burned.

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  1. Date: 3/1/2013 11:49:00 AM
    Interesting philosophy... rings true... Great poem, Ilene... Terry

  1. Date: 3/1/2013 2:21:00 AM
    Oh my dear different from what you usually write and absolutely powerful! I'm afraid...I do agree with you. I don't like getting caught unawares...but then does rob you of the joy of the moment which is transient at best! Hugs to you today! Great write!