by Gary R. Hess
Teenage dreams and teenage pangs
come as one but leave as two.
Dreams are first to leave in vain
as lives shiver in their change.
Pangs then last for years or more
’til we utter out our sighs.
Forgiveness brings us peaceful rest
and dissipates our pangs.
Our dreams will come again in time
and take us to our skies.
This iambic poem is a reminiscence of the author’s own life but one that almost every young adult has experienced. We have all experienced heartbreaks–some more than others. However, these heartbreaks are especially plentiful in our teenage and 20-something years. We have all dreamed to experience great things in life, but oh so few of us have succeeded. We plan for the big things. We all believe we will live in a giant house, have a loving family, travel the world, and see all that this great world has to offer. Few do. Few can. But all feel the pain of failure.