Poemetry by T.A. Barnhart


“suffering is optional”
which sounds awesome
until reminded
“pain is unavoidable”
and so the question:
what’s the point?
but of course
pain is not all
there is to life,
however it may seem
on certain days.
and as i sit here
suffering even though
i’m not in pain,
just facing
a lot of tough choices
a lot of hard work
a lot more unpleasantness
thank i think
is actually necessary,
i take stock of my options
and wonder why
the best one
is the one
i resist
the most.

©TA Barnhart April 9, 2021