Ben, this to me is one of your ‘simpler’ poems I feel where many people can simply just say ‘yes, I can relate to this’ if that makes sense.
The title to me says that for you at the moment times are tough but you've been through other tough times that have shaped you into the man you are today which felt harder than the present time but you got through them none the less and yes, sometimes times are harder but with the love of that special person besides you you can conquer anything together.
1) This opening really hit me because when things are really tough for me I conquer them with laughter and a smile to cover up feelings of gloom I have been swimming in which like many people we pretend we're OK with a smile and brush things off with laughter so people don't know what's going on inside. I hear you, I understand and just so you know as ever I'm here.
2) This links nicely to the title and as I said previously some days are completely harder than others and you wonder how you're even going to get out of bed let alone get dressed and face the day ahead and what lies ahead within it but I'm guessing that relates to being able to manage the feelings of depression and carry on as ‘normal’
3) what a very saddened ending which I wasn't expecting and made me lost for words if I'm honest.
I do love the rhyme scheme too, fabulous.
All the best, Ben
This is probably by far my favorite poem from you Ben. Normally being repetitive in poems makes the poem a downgrade, but you did well here to change each line every time you used the repeating line, so it makes it feel fresh.
The poem is unique to me because you seem to have two people having a conversation here. And the way you wrote it, it could be a very real conversation between anyone. Wife/husband, friends. The two seem to know each other well it seems.
In the person answering the questions there seems to be an inner conflict of depression and suicidal thoughts. With someone who has been depressed for years I find it becomes easier to hide your feelings with smiles and laughter.
The ending stole my eyes because this person thinks that they would be happier when death embraces them. You did well to convay the feelings of someone who is depressed and hides their feelings well.
During this term I have read a lot of brilliant poetry, stanzas aplenty. This piece was a breath of fresh air for me this week. Ben has written a piece without any fill, just straight to a point and written as a conversation. I like to discover different pieces, this is one I shall try in the future.
Why a 10? Because it got me thinking. Each time I read it I smiled. It is cleverer than it appears.
No easy feat. 10 points