Poetry Day: Creed of the Pessimist

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(I tend to be a pessimist.  I keep trying to be an optimist, so I should get some credit for persistence then.  Yet, I always run into people who knock me back into old habits.  So, I wrote this poem in honor of ‘my people’.)


We believe that every silver lining
Has a dark cloud underneath.

We believe that it will rain
On days we want the sun.

We believe the glass is half full
Of contaminated water.

We believe that one should prepare for the worst
And never wish for the best.

We believe that while there’s life
There will be more disappointment.

We believe that if hope truly springs eternal
Our lips will never feel its touch.

We believe a moment of happiness
Is us asking the universe to slap our face.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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13 Responses to Poetry Day: Creed of the Pessimist

  1. noelleg44 says:

    I gave up being a pessimist the day I conceded that cosmic retribution was a real thing!


  2. L. Marie says:

    I’ve definitely heard sentiments voiced like this! I’ve voiced a few of them myself!


  3. This is so refreshing! There’s too much fluffy optimism being bandied about online. The one that really gets me is ‘be grateful for adversity because it helps you GROW’. Personally I’d rather stay the same size and not have things going wrong all the time.


  4. I enjoyed this it was nice to wallow in some pessimism for a while ☹️


  5. I can relate more than you know. I think many of us can after the last few years.


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