Sunday, 17 February 2013


Young man, a lifetime your friend
telling you why, with his eyes,
why you no longer deserve him
are no longer worthy of ties.
Shy girl you nurtured from birth
rejecting benevolent smile,
Fondness forged in life's marathon
fractured in misery's mile.
Nominal friends keep a distance
fearing infection of shame,
Stare in the eyes of the mongrel
not hostile,yet not the same.
Cigarette seems to burn faster
dreading contact with lips,
food on the plate fears consumption,
tea demands swallows, not sips.
Community leper in shadow and soul
distance-demand on the make
living in dungeon of plaster and brick,
sleep you need keeps you awake.
Once friendly face in the mirror
scowl returns, sullen, uncouth,
Courage; the source of rejection,
Isolation; reward of the truth.


  1. The lines above evoke this thought:

    "You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here." (Desiderata)

  2. Turquoise, Max Ehrmann made a lot of sense in his 'Desiderata' which can still apply today, contingent on the power of assimilation of the receiver. "Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story." These are among my favourite lines. I thank you for the comment and refer you to the saying of W B Yeats in his poem 'Easter 1916' "Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart". We all have a right to be here, regardless of the transience. Your power of perception knows no bounds, and were I to appoint a guardian angel, you would be my first choice. Our thanks, again P+P.