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Potential Gone

Trudge home
All alone
Can’t condone
What I feel inside
Can’t abide
What constitutes
My whole
My soul
My hope for
What is to come
What is to some
Their whole life
An allergy
An allegory
Of their whole existence
Their whole subsistence
In the long drawn-
Out years
Rolled out in front
Of you.

In time
A specious crime
Tempted to make
Tempted to sate
Your long lost dreams
That have been
Lent out
To someone new
To someone younger
Than you
And you are left
Left plenty
Of something?
No excitement
No enticement
To that glistening,
Mist revealing path

No mirror reflection
Of your past
That blasted
And opened your eyes
To the addictions
To the fiction
In their bodies,
The illnesses
Created by God
As a folly
To our greed,
As a folly
To their seed
That created
A new psychosis
Ripping through
Bulldozing anything true
The crimes of insanity
Crimes of humanity:
Rapes, murder, assault
These are the genes
I wear
That have
Through my heart
Left at its core
A lust
For stardom
For brilliance
To save the world
To help wrap-up
Those curled-
Up within their
Beaten bodies
To help those
Luck turned
Inside out
Had cast a doubt

All this
Was my destiny
My reason
For being
For seeing
All the past
Past obstruction
To happy
But the poison
Has caught up
Within my brain
And drained
All the energy
For the transparent
Sins of my past.

In my dark
Hooded cloak,
To my
Weary bones
Feet scraping
The ground,
I trudge home.

Copyright © Gareth Heslop

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  1. Date: 8/29/2009 3:51:00 AM
    Emotional packed verse, written with terrific heart Gareth, another gem from your pen>>James

  1. Date: 8/26/2009 12:30:00 PM
    many emotions as the persona looks back like missing his youth days,and seeing others living them--very nicely penned..sad emotions..yet through age we become more wise and as they say wine gets better through time smile and keep posting:)charma

  1. Date: 8/26/2009 7:51:00 AM
    Beautifully poised.

  1. Date: 8/12/2009 4:59:00 AM
    Gareth, what deep emotions are displayed in this write. Keep writing I keep reading. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/12/2009 3:44:00 AM
    Sad. Love lifted me. Keep writing. Sara:)