Louis Gibbs



It is interesting to find that

Life's lessons never cease.

Looking back on my path

A great irony becomes clear;


Having lived this life quite fully,

Tasting both the bitter and the sweet,

Though barely surviving the bitter,

The deepest pain accompanied the sweet.


  • Frank Prem

    The one is compliment to the other - if you can survive it. Good job Louis.

    • Louis Gibbs

      Indeed it is. Thank you so much, Frank.

    • Fay Slimm.

      Life is as you say in this interesting write Louis - - we can only try to work within the framework of willingness to fit into the present scheme of things. A most engaging read.

      • Louis Gibbs

        I appreciate your wise comment so much, Fay. Thanks!

      • Michael Edwards

        And I rike (really and like) it - good read Louis

        • Louis Gibbs

          A fine coined word! Has an oriental ring to it. Thanks, Michael.

        • poetboy5454

          Riked this as well!

          • Louis Gibbs

            It seems Michael has expanded the dictionary. Thanks for riking, pb.

          • FredPeyer

            Great poem, Louis, I really like (not rike) it!
            When the 'bitter' happens, you are already down on the ground, fighting. When the 'sweet' happens, it lifts you up to lofty heights.
            And then, if you fall from these lofty heights, it hurts a lot more than the ground fighting did.

            • Louis Gibbs

              That pretty much sums it up. Thanks, Fred!

            • sue.evans

              Part of life's roller coaster- they say the bitter makes us stronger - sometimes that's hard to see. Love your poem.

              • Louis Gibbs

                Thanks so much, Sue. It is that!

              • myself and me

                "Though barely surviving the bitter,
                The deepest pain accompanied the sweet."
                My favorite lines.
                Beautiful writing.

                • Louis Gibbs

                  Thank you for that fine compliment, m&m.

                • Goldfinch60

                  Very true Louis. Tasting both is what life is about and going forward is the only way to go, never give up.

                  • Louis Gibbs

                    Indeed we are here to taste a big dose of each, and keep going. Thanks for your reply, and for the friendship request, I'm honored!

                  • malubotelho

                    Wise Santita. Without the bitter, the sweet is not so sweet. One night without sleep makes the other night great. And the next day, even greater. Life is so good if we know how to appreciate the good and wonder with the bad. Amazing. You got an awesome writing here. Bitter or sweet it is all good.

                    • Louis Gibbs

                      It is all good, Malu. Thanks for your reply.

                    • Alf W

                      Hi Louis... thank you for your poem. There is a nice positivity here despite the bitter/sweet times. A lovely poem.

                      • Louis Gibbs

                        Agreed, Alf! Thank you for your comment.

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