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The Value of Life

The Haves and the Have-Nots

By Gerard DiLeoPublished 3 months ago 1 min read

Good times keep me going

Bad times keep me growing

Uncertainty keeps me entertained

Karma keeps me chained


Love walks me with God

Hate marks me a fraud

Euphoria tempts with false sights

Suffering makes my stand right


History makes me wonder who wrote it

Debate makes me challenge the partisans who quote it

Geography makes me question the borders

And those, behind them, issuing orders


Language makes me human

Between the lines, read, acumen

Deceit is the currency of the world

Life a flag, at half-mast, unfurled


Had it been better had I not been born

And dodged the pain from my crown of thorns?

Is it better to go-and-grow from times good-and-bad

Than to wonder, not, from a life not had?


I am spewed into the world

Uninvited, unwelcomed, and hurled

Come what may, it's mine to be

Being alive makes up for what life does to me



Inspired by Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses: “The fact of being alive compensated for what life did to one.”

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About the Creator

Gerard DiLeo

Now in Phase II of my life in Hull, MA. Tangential thinking, amygdaloid incentives, and hippocampal flashes from left to right on the page. (Phase I: New Orleans.)


email: [email protected]

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran3 months ago

    This certainly was very thought provoking! Excellent poem!

  • Rob Angeli3 months ago

    Yup, that about says it. Nice quote, really drives home how you strike even, like it or not. Nice work as always.

  • Rachel Deeming3 months ago

    Super thoughtful discussion poem. Not read any Salman Rushdie. Would you recommend?

  • Alex H Mittelman 3 months ago

    Great poem! Very dramatic and well done! Great read! 💛❤️💙♥️🖤

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