Living Life Poetically

Living Life Poetically: Our Daily Battleground

“Our Daily Battleground” was written back in the Fall of 2013. However, it had no title, and it ended with the word “cry”; which isn’t a good way to end things.

But I’m finally able to tie up the loose end.

I realized, today, that the poem is basically about some of the landmines we face on a daily basis in life’s battleground. This thought was the inspiration for the title and last stanza.

“Our Daily Battle Ground” is a reminder to make a concerted effort to enrich our day to day lives with things and thoughts that are positive. Perhaps more obviously, the poem is a reminder of the superficial things that negatively affect our happiness, joy, and self-esteem on a daily basis. For instance, trying to attain a certain standard of beauty, believing the enemy’s lies, and negative self-talk.

At the end of the day, we are all in battle with these things that hinder our efforts to live life with positivity.

However, with just a change of perspective–maybe a bird’s eye view–the landmines in our daily battleground can not only be seen more clearly, but they can also be dodged, defused, and destroyed.

Our Daily Battleground
Photo Credit: Original image by Canva. Edited by E. Ballay

A scale on the ground.
A number to make the heart pound

A poster on a wall.
A picture to make the heart fall

A scene on a screen.
An image to make the heart need esteem

A word from a snake.
A thought to make the heart break

An inaudible sigh.
An echo to make the heart cry

A scale on the ground–
A number. A picture. An image. A thought. An echo…
Our daily battleground

By E. Ballay

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