I'll admit I've grown increasingly pessimistic during this young century. World events from Aleppo to Russia to our own disastrous, flawed election here in the U.S.A. have only made it worse. I'm afraid we are in for some very bad times - possibly another depression or world war, with our new mad man president at the helm. He, like Putin, will not tolerate criticism. But I, for one, will not remain silent.
So -- cherish every moment you can share with the ones you love. There's no telling many you have remaining.
I'm not as despondent as this sounds. I have many blessings in my life, and much to be thankful for.
Maybe that is the human condition - to be torn between competing emotions.
This rendition by Christopher Bill is from 2013.
that night long ago
silent but filled with promise where has the hope gone
Not a legitimate haiku, I'm afraid. Senryu, maybe?