Sometimes, It Is Harder

by Ben Pickard   Aug 20, 2018

"Is there mirth in you,
now and ever after?"

"I think the misery is quelled by the laughter."

"Is it easy for you,
now and ever after?"

"Normally, yes, but sometimes it is harder."

"Are you happy?" she asked,
"now and ever after?"

"Ask me again when I'm hanging from the rafters."


Ben Pickard 2018


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  • 1 year ago

    by Hope

    Wonderful piece!

  • 1 year ago

    by Darren

    judges comment

    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

  • 1 year ago

    by Jamie

    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 year ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Great comment, Jamie. Thank you.

  • 1 year ago

    by DarkLight

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

  • 1 year ago

    by Mark

    Congrats on the win!

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