en·dure

enˈd(y)o͝or

verb

1. suffer (something painful or difficult) patiently.
“it seemed impossible that anyone could endure such pain”

2. remain in existence; last.

 

In the end, we all endure.
We simultaneously suffer and remain.

We endure heartbreak,
even when it’s of our own creation
(especially when it’s of our own creation.)

We endure the dentist, the oil changes,
lines at the post office or the bank:
the monotony of busyness that
anesthetizes us.

We let unpleasantness wash over us,
because the alternative is not existing.
The alternative is extinction.

Although we remain uncertain
of any reward past enduring,
we let our earthly momentum
chug us forward through
space and time
(we’re only atoms, after all)
because past enduring

is

endurance.

en·dur·ance

enˈd(y)o͝orəns

noun

1. the fact or power enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.
“she was close to the limit of her endurance”

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