Strife Life

By AB aka Strife

Pain and strife, I’ve known for half my life,
Pain and strife, I’ll never quit the fight,
Pain and strife, it’s a warrior’s life,
Pain and strife, a lot of tears shed at night
Pain and strife caused me to sleep with a knife,
Pain and strife, the struggle is real in life,
Pain and strife, a lot lost the fight
Pain and strife, made me pray to God at night
Pain and strife, made me want to give up on life
Pain and strife, I finally won the fight
Pain and strife, I finally changed my life…

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30 Comments

  1. Carolina Ferreira Alves on July 13, 2023 at 5:12 PM

    Dear AB, your poem speaks to all of us who have overcome something hard in life. Pain and strife may permeate your life, but the progression in your poem until you reach a point where you overcome it is truly inspiring. Taking what we are given and making active choices about it is one of the best ways to have agency over our lives, and I see this in your writing. Keep up the great work, and I look forward to reading more of your work. Best, C

  2. Clara on August 4, 2023 at 10:31 PM

    Thank you for sharing your poem! I like the repetition at the start of each line, it sets up a rhythm from the get-go, which draws me into the poem.
    I also loved the change of tone of the last two lines. From a more somber theme in the previous lines, the last two lines keep the rhythm and attract attention to a more positive direction and uplifting future. They also help demonstrate there is a silver lining to the Pain and Strife.
    Can’t wait to read the next, keep writing!

  3. Nandni on September 29, 2023 at 12:30 AM

    I really liked the growth throughout the poem. Despite the beginning being repeated, the poem goes from being defeated and scared to winning the fight and changing one’s life. I think the poem is a great example of how one can grow and learn from their pain despite the pain always continuing.

  4. Colin on September 30, 2023 at 11:37 AM

    It’s good that even despite such hardship you managed to make a bit of a change! I’ve gone through my fair share of rough times as well and while I don’t know the details of your struggle, I’m glad you were able to find the light in the dark and make a change!

  5. Tim Kuang on September 30, 2023 at 11:02 PM

    I like how the poem sounds like a song, which makes it memorable and encourages readers to remember the poet’s words. The storytelling was great!

  6. Morgan Schoenenberger on October 1, 2023 at 6:06 PM

    I love how you let all your feelings out into this poem and let your thoughts roam free. Sometimes it’s good to get feelings and thoughts out on paper. I love how you started from the beginning talking about difficulties and then finally in the last line really let out that you have come out above all the difficulties.

  7. Shelby on October 1, 2023 at 10:28 PM

    Hi,

    I love this poem. It really touched me. Thank you for sharing your experiences through poetry. I am glad to hear things are looking up! God bless!

    -Shelby

  8. DarkPheonix on October 2, 2023 at 1:29 AM

    Your verses encapsulate the profound journey of resilience, struggle, and eventual triumph over pain and strife. The repetition of the words emphasizes the enduring nature of your battle, and the raw emotions are palpable throughout the poem. The imagery of sleeping with a knife and the struggles faced at night vividly capture the depth of your experiences.

    However, the powerful turn in your poem is the victorious declaration at the end. The acknowledgment of finally winning the fight and changing your life showcases incredible strength and determination. Your words are a testament to the human spirit’s ability to endure, evolve, and emerge stronger after enduring immense challenges.

    Thank you for sharing this deeply personal and inspiring piece, reminding us all of the strength that resides within us, even in the face of overwhelming pain and strife.

  9. Donny on October 2, 2023 at 6:04 PM

    Hi AB, I think your poem is so creative and raw. I got a true sense of emotion when reading this. Your words are so powerful, and are truly inspiring. The poem is structured in a way to tell a very powerful story in a creative manner. Keep up the great work, and thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of art.

  10. Chloe Espinal on October 8, 2023 at 1:55 PM

    The use of repetition here heavily contributes to the feelings you are trying to convey. I love how you started every line with “Pain and strife”, as it emphasizes the feeling of constantly facing new struggles and having no choice but to push through. You have displayed lots of strength and perseverance in this piece, and the high note at the end is a pleasant surprise and excellent use of reversing the meaning of “pain and strife.”

  11. Jamie on October 13, 2023 at 11:47 AM

    What a play on words that’s catchy and tells a story with a happy ending! I am so happy that you were able to persevere and see the light at the end of what seems like a pretty dark tunnel. I particularly liked the part where you talked about praying to god then followed up with wanting to give up on life. It seems to me that maybe your prayers were not answered right away but you stuck with it and now you are living a better life you created for yourself.

  12. Morgan Schoenenberger on October 15, 2023 at 7:17 PM

    Letting out feelings onto a page is so relieving. It lets you for a second let go of what you are feeling. I can feel your vulnerability through this poem and the struggles that you are fighting through right out. I love the way you repeated pain and strife. It makes it so much stronger. Can’t wait to hear more!

  13. Ashanti Salmon on October 15, 2023 at 11:06 PM

    Woah truly such a concise yet powerful piece! Continue to use your pain and strife as motivation and create the life you want for yourself!

  14. Omar Amrani on October 30, 2023 at 2:31 PM

    AB,

    Changing in the face of adversity is a massive challenge to overcome. The overwhelming majority never change or do anything better for themselves. I’m glad that your priorities are finally straight, and I appreciate your thoughts in this poem.

  15. Anna Racine on November 8, 2023 at 3:15 PM

    I really enjoyed your poem. You greatly demonstrated the idea that life is not always easy. Everything happens for a reason and if we keep pushing it will be worth all of the struggles. I like how you displayed that life can be bad and good. Your writing was very eye opening. Keep working!

  16. Nicole on November 10, 2023 at 12:41 PM

    Hi AB aka Strife,
    Starting each line with “Pain and Strife” keeps the reader very engaged and in the same headspace as you the author. As each line indicated a different outcome it shows the endless possibilities that having pain and strife can bring about. The poem itself felt like a journey as it started rough and ended with positive solutions such as winning the fight and changing your life.

  17. Molly on November 15, 2023 at 12:58 PM

    This poem is very impressive. The emotion you bring by repeating pain and strife really brings home the severity of how much hardship can affect a person. In so many ways, you have dealt with this struggle, and I find that very admirable if not heartbreaking too. It made me happy to read your ending that you’ve won the fight and changed your life 🙂

  18. Amelia on November 19, 2023 at 2:59 PM

    I really enjoy the repetition of the phrase “pain and strife” in your poem. It established the rhythm you are choosing to create through this poem but also in a way mimics the thoughts of the human brain. I love the theme you chose for this poem but especially the ending line. Although you’ve experienced all this “pain and strife” and it has caused you to do and feel several things, it changed your life and I believe that it has changed it ultimately for the better. I think you’re an incredible writer and that this poem was incredible and you will continue to do great things!

  19. Anna on November 19, 2023 at 5:06 PM

    AB, this is wonderful! I love your use of repetition with “pain and strife,” as well as your use of rhyme. It made the poem so capturing and powerful. I can feel your pain through your words, however, I also feel your fight and I am so glad you have that in you. Keep up the good work!

  20. Josie on November 27, 2023 at 11:41 AM

    I love the way this poem flows. I like that every sentence and line is started with pain and strife. It shows that you fought through something in your life that wasn’t easy for you to get through and you made it out on the other side stronger and a better person. Saying “The struggle is real in life” I feel sticks out and causes many people to relate to your poem on a personal basis.

  21. NB on November 30, 2023 at 2:46 PM

    Very encouraging! Like you said, never quit the fight. Life may knock you down, but God will never leave your side and He will lead you to your true calling as a son/daughter of His kingdom. Sometime He calls us to be the light in situations where there isn’t much light to bee seen around us. You are uniquely made and so valued! So happy you have won the fight!!!

  22. Caeden on November 30, 2023 at 5:58 PM

    Hi AB aka Strife,

    I love your use of repetition. It illustrates how inundating and burdensome this pain and strife has been on you, and the words that follow further showcase that. But amongst the pain and strife is also a feeling of transformation, highlighted in the final two lines. I am so glad that you finally won the fight.

  23. Thomas on December 7, 2023 at 6:14 PM

    This poem powerfully conveys the enduring struggle against pain and strife, with a rhythmic repetition that emphasizes the challenging journey. The warrior imagery adds strength, while tangible details provide authenticity. The inclusion of spiritual elements and the reflective tone contribute to the universal and relatable nature of the themes. The concluding lines bring a sense of resolution, highlighting the positive transformation and triumph over adversity.

  24. Grace on December 8, 2023 at 9:54 AM

    The repetition used “Pain and strife” is truly powerful for emphasizing what you are going through!
    I hope that whatever your going through gets better and you get outcomes in your life that are positive.

  25. Paige on December 8, 2023 at 10:34 AM

    Your poem powerfully captures the resilience and strength that emerges from a life marked by pain and strife. The admission of sleeping with a knife and the acknowledgement of tears shed at night show the depth of struggle, and add a raw and vulnerable side to the narrative. The progression from contemplating giving up on life to ultimately winning the fight is a testament to your strength. Overall, your poem is a touching journey of the human experience, celebrating resilience and the triumph of inner strength over adversity.

  26. Bettina on February 17, 2024 at 3:01 PM

    This is a great poem. First off, it is written really well. I like the use of “pain and strife” at the beginning of every line of the poem. It really draws attention to those words to show just how much you were struggling. This poem is telling a story, a story of perseverance and overcoming. It shows how you were able to change your perspective even though you experienced such difficult hardships and struggles in life. It is such an inspiration to anyone that is struggling right now and feels like it will never get better.

  27. Geneve on February 17, 2024 at 6:57 PM

    AB, your poem delves into the depths of pain and struggle, capturing the raw essence of perseverance and resilience. The repetition of “pain and strife” emphasizes the constant battle that the speaker has faced throughout their life. This poem serves as a testament to the power of resilience even in the darkest of times.

  28. Pooja Menon on February 18, 2024 at 2:45 PM

    The repeated use of the phrase “pain and strife” really display how these aspects were constants in your life. However, despite the continuation of this, you managed to turn your life around. I think this is powerful because many people are unable to make it past the pain and strife. The final line conveys a theme of perseverance which is respectable.

  29. OF on February 18, 2024 at 10:35 PM

    Hello! I really enjoyed reading your poem. Using “Pain and strife” at the beginning of each line is very deep and impactful.

  30. MS on May 8, 2024 at 3:02 PM

    Dear, AB

    I am in my freshman year of college which is exciting but also very overwhelming and your poem felt like I needed to hear this in my point of life.your poem specifically captured my eyes as I really needed this at this point of my life. The reason as to why I chose to write to you specifically is because of your poem “Strife Life” as it really resonated with me deeply and gave me a broader mindset on how I should think about my journey through my life. Your poem made me realize that life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. In the poem on line six in which you stated “Pain and strife, a lot have lost the fight”, It made me wake up and realize life isn’t as easy as they made it out to be, and your words really captured that feeling. What I loved was how you didn’t just focus on the bad stuff. In your final lines of the poem in which you said “Pain and Strife, I finally won the fight, Pain and Strife, I finally changed my life”, You showed that even in the darkest moments, there’s hope and strength to keep going. The way you talked about pain and struggle—it’s like you were speaking straight from the heart. It’s a powerful reminder that behind every hardship, there’s a story of strength and perseverance waiting to be told. Thank you for reminding me and all of us that even in our lowest points, there’s an opportunity for growth and transformation.

    Sincerely, M.S

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