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Sorrow, suffering and karma are 
How life’s lessons are learned
And through them in the end, 
For the better our lives are turned.

And though during retribution, 
We don’t understand the pain
Each and everyone of us 
Get through it all the same.

So when your life turns upside down 
And your very being is confused
Look at the laws of karma and
See how they are used.

It may not be a pretty picture
That in which you see
But, bravely face the truth 
Of your self-imposed reality.

No, it’s not always easy 
To keep on keeping on
But somehow, someway
Right must be made out of wrong.

And when it’s finally over and
In retrospect, you look-
You’ll be forever grateful
For the lessons you mistook.

Copyright © Kim Hilliker

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  1. Date: 2/14/2010 8:19:00 AM
    Great lessons to learn, Kimberly! I especially enjoyed reading the last verse..Keep your pen flowing!...Gert

  1. Date: 1/26/2010 9:19:00 AM
    Still like this! There is little accomplishment without pain. Sometimes it is how we know we are alive. Vince

  1. Date: 1/11/2010 9:28:00 PM
    A good lesson poem for all. I think there actually is something like Karma in this world. Good feeds on good, evil follows evil. And those that seem to have it good, it has to be a guise; otherwise NOT FAIR. hahaha. Thanks for your comment on my etheree. LUv, andrea

  1. Date: 1/9/2010 8:32:00 PM
    Wow this is a very gorgeous poem...and thanks for the poem comment but that didnt really happen to me. i just get into moods like that sometimes and thats my style of writing. im not a very hateful person and i would never take a situation like that in that manner...sincerely nikki

  1. Date: 1/9/2010 11:41:00 AM
    Something to meditate on and keep us breathing and growing, Thank you!

  1. Date: 1/4/2010 5:01:00 PM
    wise poem and life lesson, nicely penned.

  1. Date: 1/4/2010 11:07:00 AM
    Very true. Yet, sometimes bad things happened to good, and innocent people. Children loosing life through diseases, and the best example, Jesus. Good people paying the price for the "ungodly". Those who are being abused by the anger of others, etc...

  1. Date: 1/2/2010 9:56:00 AM
    Reflective write. It is hard to understand the pain but looking back you can find the positives that never would have happened without it. Vince

  1. Date: 1/2/2010 9:30:00 AM
    time well spent. John H Loving III

  1. Date: 1/2/2010 7:58:00 AM
    "your self-imposed reality" a good line, Kimberly. It's too bad more people can not realize that basic truth. LUv, andrea

  1. Date: 1/2/2010 6:29:00 AM
    Nicely done, Kimberly... Interesting ...instructive piece.I love the ending lines. Did you read "The Secret"? Keep writing. Ruben.

  1. Date: 1/2/2010 3:20:00 AM
    They say what goes around comes around. Keep the creative pen flowing. Sara