What We Humans Do

We were given eyes
Yet we still cannot see
The immeasurable treasures we hide within,
The heavy blankets of thorns we cover ourselves with,
The toxicity we keep stored in a corner of our souls.
For life already is too strict and cruel
And sometimes it feels safer to
Pretend and make ourselves a fool.
To withstand it all, to fight it all
It’s what we humans do.

We were given ears
Yet we do not want to hear
Words that trample over
Our stacked up self-esteem and cultured confidence,
Our painfully gained experiences and achievements,
Our striving efforts to drag ourselves for another day.
To withstand it all, to fight it all
It’s what we humans do.

We do not want to see nor hear
The essential truth behind
The false judgments and perceptions,
The reasons for such ongoing violence,
The story behind everyone’s anger and running tears.
To withstand it all, to fight it all
It’s what we humans do.

We were given mouths
Yet we thoughtlessly let them run.
The lasting scars we burn into already broken hearts,
The cherished hopes and dreams we violate and rob,
The regrets and remorse we drain ourselves into.
For we do not mean to say some things…
It would not be enough to let
Words of kindness and love be spread
Yet we strike each other with words of hate.
To withstand it all, to fight it all
It’s what we humans do.

To withstand it all, to fight it all
Just one moment at a time,
Just one day at a time
It’s what we humans decide to do.

About this poem

Living in this world, where reality has just been getting crueler, people can be observed to be changing; as living gets harder, many have been getting colder. I wrote this poem with the basis of my observance of the change in people, and with the possible reasons to why. People do not seem to have bad intentions- it is solely that people are all fighting to get through their every day. I wrote about some of things we humans do to withstand it all and to fight it all.

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Written on November 22, 2022

Submitted by anchor8hopes on November 22, 2022

Modified on April 26, 2023

1:29 min read

Quick analysis:

Scheme xxxxxabaCB dexfxxCB exxfdCB xxxxbxxxxCB Cggb
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,466
Words 298
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 10, 8, 7, 11, 4

Cristina Kim

Asian-American female living in New York. Growing up as a second-generation of immigrant parents was always a struggle for her. Mental health has also always played a big part in her life. She enjoys writing poetry whenever she is feeling down, for it seems to fill her life with meaning. Poetry helps her to realize and feel, which is what she would like to do for others with her poetry. more…

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  • Symmetry58
    Isn't it peculiar how each of us tends to suffer the same challenges in this life regardless of our backgrounds, cultures, religious beliefs, etc. In the end we are all only human experiencing a reality without answers. This is a beautiful depiction of the struggles we all suffer and questions we all pose. Thank you for sharing your gift, Cristina. 
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