such is life
full of sweet misery
such is love
happiness balanced on
a crown of thorns
such is beauty
and fast-withering
as is joy
ending as fast as
a smile flashes by
as is comfort
lost as the arms around you
loosen their grip
as is truth
hiding no lies
sparing no hearts
life is hurt
love is risk
beauty is fleeting
joy is brief
comfort is momentary
truth is harsh.

—Rachel Poh Yi Jeng