Life Ain’t for Sissies


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    Life Ain’t for Sissies


    Life can be glorious and life can be serene

    Life can be discouraging and life can be mean

    Life can be first love and life can also be its loss

    Life can be a helping hand and life can be an albatross

    Life can be a soft caress and life can punch you in the gut

    Life can bring you happiness and life can leave you in a rut

    Life can bring you disappointment and life can lift your spirits high

    Life can bring you riches and life can leave you high and dry

    Life can take away your pride and life can leave you without a friend

    Life can bring you to your knees and life can seem a virtual dead end


    What is this thing we view as life with its constant ups and downs?

    To feel, to breath, to hurt, to love, to die amidst a million smiles and frowns

           We didn’t ask to be here; we could have just as well remained as dust

    Instead we find ourselves alive and so to stay alive we must

    So how do we go on from here, given the situation that exists?

    Should we choose to make the best of it with all its turns and twists?

    Or should we find the nearest closet and hide behind its door?

      Peeking out only now and then, never venturing out to re-explore

    The choice is yours and yours alone my friend, only you can finally decide

    Here’s hoping you choose to face life head on and give it one hell of a ride.


    ©Copyright Charlie Gragg January 1, 2011 







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    TinaD commented on Life Ain’t for Sissies


    With this poem you have said it all. It was a very enjoyable read. Excellent observations.



    Buckle up. Life provides a bumpy ride. Thanks for dropping by.

    MindNumbing commented on Life Ain’t for Sissies


    Awesome, inspiring write, Hampton! You get out of life what you're willing to put in. Too many people are just not willing to putting any effort forth, I think. Thanks for this :)



    Onward and upward. Thanks for reading.

    stellar commented on Life Ain’t for Sissies


    to venture out there even at the expense of loss, failure, and pain, risk...that's how to live life for we don't know what and how much we'll reaped, the virtue is "trying", to live life is a question of courage as what Anais Nin said: "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."...I'm still learning and preparing for it...well literally I'm a sissy but this is metaphorical right? lol...:)))



    It does take a great deal of intestinal fortitude to meet life head on. Thanks for the comments.

    Chaos128 commented on Life Ain’t for Sissies


    Ha ha You've defined the problem with well turned lines. We all come into this life without a lick of experience, and on the job training is an iffy proposition at best. Play it safe or go for broke? Abide by the rules or cheat like a tinhorn? Run with the pack or go it alone? And, in the end, it turns out the the game was actually less important than how you chose to play it. Go figure : D



    Well thank you my friend. May you prosper and live long.

    damuthaunit commented on Life Ain’t for Sissies


    All I can say is, "Thank you, sir!" To a man who has a gift with words. You can lift my spirit to new heights with what appears to be the simplest ease. The words flow from the paper to the depths of my heart as if I were there with you while you were writing. Thank you for the honor of allowing me to read your poetry. God Bless.



    The honor is mine as is your presence. Thank you and peace.

    Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.

    Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Greek philosopher.

    Hampton’s Poems (111)

    Title Comments
    Title Comments
    Searching 5
    The Poetess 14
    Nonsense 12
    Solitude 18
    Lame Limericks 14
    Message to Papa 15
    Young Jimmy O’Fallon 11
    The Computer From Hell 18
    Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
    The Mind In Motion 13
    The Game of Poetry 9
    Silence 55
    WordSlinger 19
    Holiday Thoughts 12
    Sweet Mary 18
    From White to Grey to Black 19
    The Reckoning 12
    And All of That Jazz 16
    Today 25
    No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
    Lucky 10
    You’re Only as Old as You Feel 13
    Saturday Night 13
    Political Change? 14
    The Female Gender 17
    I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
    I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? 7
    Remembering 11
    This Web We Weave 13
    The End 16
    The Day the Clouds Cried 16
    The Path of Life 12
    My Mother Ruth 12
    Humanities Challenge 14
    A Cowboy's Perspective 12
    July in Buda Texas 14
    The OP Poets Parade 20
    The Chatelaine 12
    Shot Through the Heart 17
    Poetry and Fine Wine 18
    The Man What Am 10
    The Final Beat of My Heart 16
    The Rainbow of Poets 19
    A Cowboy's Lament 13
    Of This World I am Not 17
    The Wee People 19
    An Evening at an Irish Pub 15
    The Scent of Love 14
    Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
    Memories of Times Past 13
    The Dance of the Poets 20
    The Confession 14
    Road to Obscurity 18
    Barbara 14
    Shadows 15
    Prescience 17
    Words That Bind 54
    Wondering 26
    New Year News from Buda Texas 13
    We Are All Witnesses 16
    Christmas 25
    A Cowboy’s Prayer 29
    The 9 ers 24
    Love Defined 27
    Tis a Time to Give Thanks 21
    More News From Buda Texas 26
    Choices 26
    News from Buda, Texas 21
    In Search of God 21
    Writers of Poems (WOPs) 26
    Out of the Darkness 15
    Visions from Within the Mist 18
    Baseball 12
    The Night Stalker 16
    The Man I Presume to be Buck 16
    The Sounds of Time 17
    The Little Man in the Green Hat 18
    Blah Blah Blah 14
    One Two Three 13
    Carpe Viam 11
    Love in the Afternoon 13
    The Moth 14
    Lost & Dungeons of the Mind 11
    The Creative Process 19
    The Truth and the Tribe 19
    The Long Wait. 19
    Feathers 26
    The Arrow 14
    Take Two Cialis and Call Me in the Morning 26
    Ghostly Images 16
    Friends 11
    Angels Without Wings 20
    The Rider 16
    Pride and Shame 18
    The Winning Poet is.... 21
    Memories 13
    Politicians 67
    Your Mailbox Is Empty 18
    God's Visit 17
    Poets and Poems 20
    Love Thy Neighbor 13
    Renewal 8
    The Roar of Silence 17
    Blessed Are These Days 4
    Time and Space 5
    Life's Journey 8
    Gift To The Fallen 16
    Hunger 21
    The Antique Shop 30