Corinne, an accute perception - I definately would have to agree.
Janet, I imagine there are as many different interpretations of the word "bliss" as their are people interpreting it. Some say "ignorance is bliss" - and for the most part, I would have to agree with them...LOL Your reply kind of falls in line with that - "this poems aches in places most people dont know they have"... But where does bliss lie for those that do know?
Amy, all is O.K. with me, really... I think... hehe. Seriously, I cannot remember a point in time where I have been so "contented" in life as I am at this moment. No worries, k?
Eric, Yes, the end of all pain would seem bliss, indeed, for some. Again, no worries, I have no plans on achieving it in this manner.
Jeffrey, will do.
Nan, always a welcome warmth, too.
Sudhir, you see what many do not when you read... that is good, methinks.
Irish Rose, that you see "hope" in this poem makes me truly happy. There is a newness of life that can only be achieved opposite of that which is killing us - so to speak. We have to acknowledge what is killing us first, however. Something not many are willing to do.
Kess, I would have to agree with your comment - "life can seem a graver curse than any fear of death" - "seem" being the key word in there. And though I am probably guilty of living most of my life by that assumption, (even as I do not fear death), I can say to you today, truly, it is merely an assumption. Life is what we make it, my dear. Someone very special taught me that just recently.
Thank you all for the kind replies,
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