Optimism

The Voyage of Life Old Age by Cole Thomas

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Oh, lying optimism,

How you but cheat my heart.

Fighting pessimism,

For which you played no part.

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Endlessly promising,

A light at the end of the tunnel,

Falsely prophesying,

An answer coming through a funnel.

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All but in fair vanity,

That man does not live on bread alone.

When in calm sanity,

Man with his work for his bread atone.

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Ignorance but bliss,

Hiding the truth of mortality.

For like a lover’s kiss,

It drives away all melancholy.

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But where do you abide,

When times are hard and unforgiving?

I see you cower and hide,

Underneath my soul of broken feelings.

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So, lying optimism,

You have betrayed me as a friend.

For faithful pessimism,

Have stood with me till the very end.

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~ESZ, James

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