Antithesis Poem

By: Adira Reback

Happiness is not the opposite of sadness

Bravery is not the opposite of fear

Success is not the opposite of failure

And laughter is not the opposite of tears

Modesty does not negate vanity

Pride does not negate shame

Strength does not negate weakness

And a smile does not negate pain

Fairness does not remove prejudice

Caution does not remove fate

Intellect does not remove stupidity

And kindness does not remove hate

The latter are merely our struggles

Blocks on which we stumble

Troubles that will always exist,

And in hard times we may tumble

But the audacity of humans

To jump these hurdles, and look behind,

Saying: Struggle, you’re still here,

But I can have peace of mind

Then to walk backwards,

And courageously pick up the block

Carry it to the finish line of life,

And show that our strengths were not luck.

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