Life, the Experience…to be Lived

Life, the be Lived
Life, the Experience…to be Lived

Experience Life Unencumbered…

Indelibly imprinted on the human mind,
the ardent pursuit of protection and survival,
suspicion still the doubt of connection and trust,
needs to be proven for those with whom we seek friendship,
and although the danger of our forebears is lessened,
we find being open often a hesitancy of need.

Trust is a rare commodity in a narcissistic society,
one driven by commercialism and acquisition,
fears governing our actions
in defense of our own pursuit for gain;
all this a sad reflection of our direction as humanity,
our need for love stifled by the fear of loss.

The value of being open, empathetic and compassionate
is far greater than the fear of hurt,
when rejection or betrayal alarms us to withdraw,
yet what do we feel in withdrawal,
what do we lose in being closed:
virtually all our emotional and spiritual potential.

Life is filled with hurt, yet also with love and joy,
and surely the fear of one is not worth the loss of all else,
so in being human we can expect hurt, betrayal, rejection
and the fears that alert us to unwanted experience,
yet if we do not overcome fear and be open to life,
what potential we dismiss.

Pain is a life experience, as is joy,
and in hiding from it we limit life to unwanted scope,
and in being open we expose ourselves, yes,
but without experience we do not learn,
and fear is fear itself, just a decision to overcome,
not the death of us, the making of us on many levels.

Tony DeLorger © 2017

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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for, Google+, videos on YouTube and book sales on website, Amazon and

4 thoughts on “Life, the Experience…to be Lived

  • February 1, 2017 at 10:29 PM

    I so understand and relate to these thoughts, Tony. I let a long time go by before I could open up enough to trust myself to risk with the joy of life and loving. I now know that the joy of love is worth the risk. If love is not reciprocated for whatever reason, I have enough love and trust in myself to still enjoy life. I allowed myself to risk, to experience and to live with joy. I believe my love of Nature has helped me grow tremendously in spirit. This is a great piece, Tony – very well phrased and helps me understand what I have gone through the last several years. Well done, dear poet.

    • February 1, 2017 at 11:18 PM

      So glad you related like this and pleased you enjoyed my thoughts dear friend. Cheers Phyllis.

  • February 1, 2017 at 11:13 PM

    Most deep and poignant thoughts. It is so true that we go forward toward the known but fear the unknown. I always attempt to live life to the fullest knowing that tomorrows are promised no one.

  • February 1, 2017 at 11:18 PM

    So true Rasma, we never know when it all ends, so live as if every moment is your last. Cheers!


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