The Whys and Hows

Together with time they etch destinies or chip cares away from minds. Whys and hows are pain's twigs kindling its flame to meet time's hammers.

Memories fade in silence

to settle in thoughts dust;

until reason stirs them

in whys diluted with hows.

Reason is a flare gun

fired in a moment of distress.

For a moment hope and justification

join hands until the flare dies

in pain’s relentless waves

and gets lost in time’s endless skies.

Nights pass by days trampling hours

in sadness starved of answers.

That’s when the soul pours

Cares out and goes on.

Pain is a fire that melts

spirits or forges iron hearts.

Together with time they etch destinies

or chip cares away from minds.

Whys and hows are pain’s twigs

kindling its flame to meet time’s hammers.

Souls are ores molded in pain’s

fires shaped by time’s hammers.

Some call this process karma

Others call it life’s cycle.

I call it the whys and hows

of coping and moving on.



Author’s Notes: Al anam Fara isol ayyam meaning Days Prey on Men.

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Pasithea Chan

Pasithea is a budding Lebanese Filipino impressionist who enjoys writing poetry in symbolism laced with philosophy and psychology.

Given her legal background having worked as legal and risk management consultant in MENA and the far east; she also writes legal and academic articles.

Her creative writing has been read on several podcasts and radios and was featured in several magazines and anthologies including: Envision Arts, Rigorous, Fevers of the Mind, Osprey's Empire, Voices of the Real and Suicide.

Having written 2500+ poems and more than 12 short stories; Pasithea writes in various styles but prefers pieces that have double meanings to allow a reader to delve deeper into her works.

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