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He walks the well walked path,
with a dull, familiar stride.
Yet another person walking by.
Another victim of a prolonged life

He turns his head.
Watch him now as he looks instead
At another,
A taller,
More cheerful man.

How can he be jubilant when,
I see,
No reason to be joyful.
How dare he smile,
While I, am a bitter man,

Has he no other purpose,
Than, to mock me?
Watch now as he turns,
Now smiling at me...

I stare back, still joyful,
Wondering what brings on this mans pain.
We stand.
Unchanged.
Should I looks away?
Should I twiddle my thumbs as if this were a game?

What reason do I have to continue to stare?
Continue to be judged?
Continue to smile?

I take a chance.
If I stand criticized, then criticize this.
I broaden my smile, to more than my lips,
And stare at the man who will stare at this...

I stand appalled, or perhaps amazed?
I sigh and turn, looking for escape
But alas, I learn, there is no escape,
Because before I could turn,
A smile, was on my face.



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thefamoustapper said...
Dec. 18, 2011 at 10:19 am:
such a complicated way 2 put it into words for such a simple concept...love it!
 
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UNserieswriter said...
Dec. 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm:
this is a great poem! you really know what youre doing! please comment on my book The Underground Network. Chapter 15 since it's so long, please! And if you can spare the time, Roman Leagues! Thank you and youre a great poet!
 
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Forever.Yours.YTFThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Dec. 10, 2011 at 11:01 pm:
Oh y gosh, I luve this poem very very much. the way it is written is really special, ur message was awesomme
 
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EmersonThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Dec. 10, 2011 at 9:23 pm:

1-4 stanzas are the bitter mans, 5-7 are the happy mans, and the last measure is the bitter mans again

 

 
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Dash15482This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Dec. 10, 2011 at 8:54 pm:

I like it but it is confusing whos perspective it is from.

 

 
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