“I am pessimistic because I don’t trust history. But at the same time, I am optimistic. Out of despair, one creates. What else can one do? There is no good reason to go on living, but you must go on living. There is no good reason to bring a child into this world but you must have children to give the world a new innocence, a new reason to aspire towards innocence. As Camus said, in a world of unhappiness, you must create happiness.” – Elie Wiesel, New York Times interview, April 7, 1981
There is no good reason to go on living
except that I find myself alive. My lungs
claim air, my thirst demands water, my
stomach food though my throat rebels.
I entertain the thought of death, oblivion,
dreamless dreams forever.
What stays my hand?
A wee flicker of hope in my black despair
a tiny spark, was it really there? A firefly
flash in the midnight blue then morning dawns
in golden hues. The madness of grief
loosens it hold. I promise myself
one more day, then one day more…
Hope makes her stand.
adashofsunny Prompt Nights – When shades of loss weave with pattern of madness
prompt by Sanaa Rizvi