Pessimist Poetry’s Foreword: Flying off the Rails Life Poem

This isn’t really an original life poem. I actually got the idea from something I read on Tumblr and really enjoyed the abstract symbolism that I read. One of my weak points is taking abstract ideas and coupling it together with the overall theme of my poem, so I wanted to experiment with that in this piece. I’ve also been reading a lot of shorter pieces lately on Deviantart (a lot of people are participating in the daily poetry challenge for April) so the brevity of this piece is reflective of that as well. Regarding the concept it’s relatively straightforward. Some times our lives spiral out of control and we stare helplessly as we careen off the rails into oblivion, yet we try doing the exact same things expecting different results. Or we do nothing and expect change to miraculously happen, which never really happens.

As my life flies off the rails,

careening off cliffs of misguided intentions and peaks of culminating failure

All that spans before me are jagged rocks waiting to crush bone and batter this body to a bloody pulp

Locked in place by a seatbelt, I desperately bash the dashboard and steering wheel with the expectation that something will happen;

the effort is entirely wasted, too little too late as tragedy awaits

Pessimist Poetry’s Afterword: Flying off the Rails Life Poem

“We are dying from overthinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think. Think. Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. It’s a death trap.” -Anthony Hopkins

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If you like this poem, be sure to check out this follow up piece that I wrote.