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(May 27,1952 / Moncks Corner, South Carolina)

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The Valley of Despair

Lost and trapped in the valley of nothing but despair
Hands held high for help and grasping nothing but air
Alone and much abandoned no one knows you're there
All have turned their backs and none seems to care

You can choose to stay down and wallow in your sorrow
Or speak words that says there is always a tomorrow
Then you will see the sunshine on a bright new day
Rise up from the valley no matter what they say

When others try their best to keep you burdened down
Rise high above their heads with a smile and not a frown
The life that you want to live is solely up to you
So get up shake off the dust and start your life anew

Despair like a vine can creep back into your life again
Loosen its hold and see the sunshine and not the rain
If you know of someone else whose back is to the ground
Take their hands and lift them up for you was also down

Submitted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Edited: Friday, July 26, 2013


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  • Yash Shinde (4/4/2014 10:27:00 AM)

    When others try their best to keep you burdened down
    Rise high above their heads with a smile and not a frown....................a smile leads the way....wonderful write........

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  • Kanav Justa (1/26/2014 7:54:00 AM)

    If you know of someone else whose back is to the ground
    Take their hands and lift them up for you was also down, , ,

    yes we must help those who needs our help, , , wonderful message, ,

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (7/11/2013 8:42:00 AM)

    Despair must be compensated by hope to infuse life. A lovely poem. Thank you.

  • Valsa George (7/7/2013 8:05:00 AM)

    Despair like a vine can creep back into your life again
    Loosen it's hold and see the sunshine and not the rain
    If you know of someone else whose back is to the ground
    Take their hands and lift them up for you was also down

    A highly inspiring credo of Patricia, stated in beautiful rhyming, well structured words! ! ! Greatly enjoyed!

  • Joseph Anderson (3/2/2013 9:56:00 AM)

    Great inspiring thoughts, if we could all get the handle on this. A very uplifting write

  • Shahzia Batool (2/28/2013 6:56:00 AM)

    You can choose to stay down and wallow in your sorrow
    Or speak words that says there is always a tomorrow
    Then you will see the sunshine on a bright new day
    Rise up from the valley no matter what they might say
    wonderful lines! ! !
    When others try their best to keep you burdened down
    Rise up above their heads with a smile and not a frown
    The life that you want to live is solely up to you
    So get up shake off the dust and start your life anew

  • Valerie Dohren (2/26/2013 7:09:00 AM)

    A great philosophy - always better to be positive, although it isn't always easy. Good one Patricia.

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