Comments : Sometimes, It Is Harder

  • 1 month ago

    by Dagmar Wilson

    Nominated. All the very best to you

  • 1 month ago

    by Brenda

    Wow! That last line was a smack in the face. Powerful and hard hitting Ben. Well done-

  • 1 month ago

    by Em (marmite)

    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
    Take care.
    Em x

  • 1 month ago

    by - Mr. Darcy

    Straight into my favourites.
    All the best, Ben.

  • 4 weeks ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    This reminded me so much of when we constantly say over and over again, "I'm fine", and people have the audacity to say "well I never knew you were suffering" or they only look at the surface.

    I liked the back and forth questions here. Dark, hard to swallow and how often we try to cover up and push away bad/negative thoughts with laughter or jokes, even at our expense. Congrats on the win.

    • 4 weeks ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Thanks so much, MA, and all the best to you as ever.

  • 4 weeks ago

    by Mark

    Congrats on the win!

  • 3 weeks ago

    by DarkLight

    Lovely poem. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on the win

  • 1 week ago

    by Blank Canvas

    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.

    • 1 week ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Great comment, Jamie. Thank you.