The road to joy
Leads us into pain and suffering.
It shows us the other half of life.
It instills pain in our beings.
It instills the desire to convalesce.
It strengthens our determination.
It builds a better character in us.
It sensitizes and humbles us.
It brings us closer to God.
It gives us a passion for life.
It increases that passion
To find a better place,
A place called joy.
Without passion, what is joy but a scholar
In search of the sensation of feeling.
What is feeling but an intimate
Knowledge of the agony and ecstasy.
What is ecstasy but the promise
Of a brighter life ahead.
What is joy but the fulfillment
Of that promise.