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All is well Cocooned within. Just the steady beat,beat,beat And gentle familiar sounds. Comforting,warm,so safe. Unease-noise-confusion. (Pushing,pushing) Panic,unfamiliar, What is happening? (Pushing,pushing) The beat now throbbing,pounding. Faster,faster And comes-the light, the light. So this is LIFE! (Blue skies,sunshine) A child's laughter, A mother's arms And a loved one's kiss. This is life. Celebration, happiness. Families united, Friends together And the gift of sharing. This is life.- (Yet dark skies.chaos) Nature's beautiful face Twisted in rage against the earth. And man - Bloody,cruel,insensitive. So many acts of hurt And tumultuous violence. One to the other. This is life. The addict on a bed of filth. The habitual drunk staggering to oblivion. Cries from diseased bodies Tormented by pain. And a small white coffin Laid gently in the ground. This is life. Learning,growing. Stumbling-yet learning,growing. Struggling,hurting-yet learning, With each uncertain breath A heart growing. Learning-love revealed Within each and in the world. THIS IS LIFE. Tears of pain,tears of joy,tragedy,comedy. Insanity,absolutely ludicrous. Mysterious,awesome, Compelling,thrilling. Thriving,striving. And having the will to live. This is life. All too soon comes weariness. Old bones aching. Mumbling,bewilderment,forgetting. Time to let go And to return to the stillness. Mist -everything fading, (Cold,so cold) all going. No taste, no smell. No feeling, just silence And yet-the light.

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  1. Date: 5/31/2011 10:00:00 PM
    i love the way u see ur life and a big sorce of inspiration for a child like me

  1. Date: 5/16/2011 1:55:00 PM
    what a descritive poem, focuses on both highs and lows :)

  1. Date: 3/31/2011 3:34:00 PM
    Congratulations Sylvia on "This Is Life being chosen as one of the winning poems. Vince

  1. Date: 3/31/2011 1:35:00 PM
    Sylvia, Congratulations on your win in the Soup contest! Best wishes, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/31/2011 5:31:00 AM
    MAGNIFICENT! SIMPLY MAGNIFICENT! Sylvia. Many congrats on your win in the Poetrysoup competition. Elaine

  1. Date: 3/30/2011 1:47:00 PM
    Such a unique meander through life and I so did love how you wrapped it all up! Wonderful win! Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/30/2011 7:45:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week, Sylvia

  1. Date: 3/30/2011 6:13:00 AM
    Congratulations on your 5th place win in the PoetrySoup International Poetry Contest Sylvia. I enjoyed reading your poem again this morning. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/29/2011 6:59:00 PM
    This really sums up our existence. Congratulations on your big win. ery nice. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 3/28/2011 4:56:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved featured poem this week Sylvia. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/26/2011 9:37:00 PM
    Awesome free verse advancing into the finals. Hope it goes far!!

  1. Date: 3/9/2011 10:00:00 AM
    Congratulations on making it into the contest Sylvia, a questioning write with feeling and honesty i could read this many times.

  1. Date: 3/9/2011 5:27:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through round one of PoetrySoup's contest. The best to you in the finals Sylvia. Love Carol

  1. Date: 3/7/2011 4:46:00 PM

  1. Date: 3/6/2011 6:05:00 PM
    Congrats Sylvia on your success in the first round of the Poetry Soup contest luv..

  1. Date: 12/8/2010 2:22:00 PM
    "Life sucks and then you die." I like your ending which takes the old quotation out of the picture. Congrats on the selection. Dave

  1. Date: 12/7/2010 9:26:00 AM
    Congratulations June on your excellent poetry being featured this week on PoetrySoup. May you have many more features. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/5/2010 2:28:00 PM
    Congrats June on your featured poem this week on the Soup.. my friend.. a great one to share with us all today with luv..

  1. Date: 11/24/2010 10:37:00 AM
    Terrific approach to life June, wonderfully written >> James :)

  1. Date: 11/17/2010 6:33:00 PM
    From infancy to old age, you describe the journey through life with powerful emotion, Sylvia. Sometimes the road gets so rocky that people lose "the will to live," but you appear to be a strong woman who knows how to cope with adversity. An excellent poem for my faves. Love, Carolyn