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have you pains have you dolour
have you misery and fears
is your heart bursting inside you
can you see through your tears
is there anything you value
than can break the stygian gloom
is there any point in trying
to avoid your destined tomb
can you carry on regardless
of the suffering you bear
tell me is there a heaven
and will you be happy there
but pain is pain and all you have
as the story goes again
would you rather be a victim
or the one inflicting pain
he could answer all your questions
if you ever thought to ask
instead he sits there hiding
behind his skeptic’s mask
and watches as you stumble
through the darkling night
and prays for something other
to be his final sight

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  1. damommza

     /  September 22, 2011

    Reminds me of a snake oil salesman selling potions from his caravan in the 1800’s..going from town to town..seeing every malady there is and saying he has the cure..

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    • In this poem “he” is me, or rather the “omniscient author”, with regard to the subject of the first sixteen lines who he is putting through the ringer. However, whilst treating his subject so cavalierly, he has no great hopes for his own future, as shown by the last four lines.

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  2. catmadinwestyorkshire

     /  September 23, 2011

    “but pain is pain and all you have
    as the story goes again
    would you rather be a victim
    or the one inflicting pain”

    :`(

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    • Not the most enticing of choices, and probably up there with some of my more depressing images: victim or torturer?
      I think the question could be rephrased as: would you rather be the author of your own lifestory, or merely a character in it? A question we all have to face at some point in our lives, although not necessarily as starkly as it is put here.

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