Do you define a man with his name, or his pride?

Do you define a woman with her love, or her eyes?

Do you define children with their laughter, or their daydreams?

Do you define this world with its past, or what it’s become?


Do you define defeat with failure, or your blood?

Do you define a struggle with your wounds, or your scars?

Do you define hope with its wings?

Do you define strength with power, or endurance?


Sometimes a dream is all you have

You feed on your tears

Reality wearing you thin

You refuse to be brought down

Your heart is almost dead

But still, against all odds and logic

Against life’s cruelty and things

That cannot be undone


It beats on



  1. Kim · August 17, 2010

    Thanks =] Glad you liked it. Originally I was going to write a song lyrics, but ended up just writing a poem.

  2. Carol Ann Hoel · August 14, 2010

    Very thought provoking poem. Thank you for sharing.

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