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Faces of Loneliness

Fist of crumpled bills, reading through the flavors etched in chalk;
While couples hand in hand, lean on one another and sweet talk.
She orders just for one; Chocolate seems to help when she’s depressed,
The buzzing ice cream lights illuminate the face of loneliness.

Chaotic cafeteria, he’s harassed for sport,
There will be no lunch today; the athletes, they extort.
Racing home to stay unscathed is his daily test,
Behind the baseball field they bruise the face of loneliness.

Flopping with some friends of his, he pilfered as they slept,
Withdrawal had him seething as his craving quickly crept.
Hypodermic and possession; he plead no contest.
He held the slate as they photographed the face of loneliness

“Will she come to visit today?” Trying to remember his daughter’s name.
He sighs, propped in his wheelchair, in his shirt with a coffee stain
“I should probably shower, but who the hell do I have to impress?”
His TV blares as he drags the razor across the face of loneliness.

Copyright © Luke Irwin

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  1. Date: 10/23/2013 8:18:00 PM
    Luke, awesome deep win.. LOVE -- SKAT

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 10:20:00 PM
    awesome win...PD

  1. Date: 10/21/2013 11:16:00 AM
    I love how you did yours, Luke! Congrats on your winning placement! Love and blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 10/21/2013 8:18:00 AM
    Congrats on the win in the contest, Luke

  1. Date: 10/21/2013 7:54:00 AM
    Thanks very much for your kind words.

  1. Date: 10/20/2013 6:48:00 PM
    nicely written...I could see him sitting there and felt sorry for him...forgotten and alone...congrats on your well deserved win :)

  1. Date: 10/18/2013 6:59:00 PM
    Outstanding poem...I especially enjoyed the last stanza....congratulations...