Living Life Poetically

Living Life Poetically: Empty

The poem, “Empty,” is part of what I’m calling my “Series of Unfortunate Poetry.” This poem was written in 2013. I had just completed my Masters, and I was jobless with looming student loan debt. Nothing seemed to be working out in my life despite all the efforts I had made and continued to make.

As a result, my life felt empty, my future felt empty; and it seemed like my goals and dreams were being shut down left and right.

At the time, I didn’t know what else to do but to sink deeper and deeper into hopelessness and self-pity.

However, in feeling “empty” I grew to appreciate not just a glass half filled, but even the tiniest drop of water in my cup. Trust me, it wasn’t easy. But know that it’s not impossible.

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A pit in the stomach, a pit in the chest.
Empty….yet full with pain, heavy with sadness…I confess.
Empty and desolate with all joy removed.
It’s presence ever being there? No echo to prove.

By E. Ballay

Written Winter 2013

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