There are people in our lives,
Who sometimes take us as a fool,
Although they can be quite successful,
And leave us hunkering down,
Feeling like a real tool.

There are those who don’t appreciate,
No matter how hard we try.
Then we find ourselves in the dark,
Hiding away,
Cause we don’t dare let them see us cry.

Life can be complicated with all of these trials.
It leaves us with questions,
And we question why,
Or perhaps ponder the meaning
Of life…

Life’s misfortunes, or perhaps,
They can be called,
The ultimate test,
Can drive us to levels we haven’t been.
We truly find out our level of strength,
Seeing how far we can take it until the end…

People play our hearts like a game,
They don’t realize we are a human with a name.
Our strings are plucked,
hearts are trampled,
until the point, we find ourselves laying flat in the dust.

It’s at that point, we must ask,
What is the real most important task?
What’s really at stake?

If we let those kind allow us to fall,
Then the true meaning of life
Was never learned at all….

While it may be easier to be angry and hate,
Perhaps it’s us,
Those humans with a name,
That have to take the rod,
And teach them, what it’s like in life to appreciate…

-Ariana Cherry 2014


Published by Ariana R. Cherry

“Within the depths of our mind, we are battling the duel of light and darkness…good and evil…love and hate…” Between Light and Darkness is Ariana’s most recent collection of poetry… Cherry’s frequent message she delivers throughout her work is, “The journey through the darkness, back into the light.” Her hope is to let others know that they won’t be in that place of darkness for long – that they indeed can reach the light once again…She also wants her readers to know – that – it is okay if they find themselves in that bleak blackness…Sometimes we feel guilty for going to that dark place – but it is necessary to conquer the demons that battle our souls…. Other books that Cherry has written include "Only If" and "Twisted Paths Poetry." Her epic tale, “Only If,” won the “Reader’s Favorite Award” and a 5 star review…and her collection, “Twisted Paths Poetry,” received a 5 star review from Realistic Poetry International. She has been writing ever since she was a child. Some of her inspirations include Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Stephen King, Emily Dickinson, Christopher Pike and Shel Silverstein. Ariana writes a variety of genres: inspirational, humorous and horror – although writing horror is one of her favorites…. She was 12 years old when she read Poe for the very first time – which inspired her epic poetry tale, “Only If.“ During other parts of her free time, she enjoys taking photos and creating art. Her “day-jobs” include working as a church administrative aide and reporting for a local newspaper.

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