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Below is the poem entitled ROBBIE BURNS which was written by poet harry horsman. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Glazes eyes affixed to life’s heavy hinged seal,
waiting for 11am to be served his liquid meal.
Empty flagons he carries with a shaky mournful hurt,
red nose prominent, pant’s half-mask, torn shirt!

Once inside he alleges not to rush,
doing it right, with the odd apologetic push.
But hunger and thirst have taken their toll,
eaten away his liver condemned his soul!

Only he knows, payment for what he carries,
surplus liquor down the hand, his tongue to marry.
A lustful grin contrived with obsessive ease,
metabolism needing, acute pain to please!

This little man a kindly looking soul,
no doubt a victim, of society’s goal.
Scratching a living, on taxpayer’s dole,
helping the brewer to achieve his whole!

Screw top is off before vehicle is reached,
parting lips exposed, the target is breached.
A shameful smile or a satisfied grin?
Accompanied each gulp that went within!

His jalopy began with a burst of smoke,
head turned away, from leering eyes of folk.
A repeat can be seen every single day,
that is till; his mind loses the way!


Though I feel a sadness deep within
I wouldn’t be surprised if the laugh
was on him, despite his lewd behaviour
and pose, he’s a damn sight happier would
you believe than most!

Copyright 1986
Harry J Horsman 1986

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  1. Date: 5/2/2013 9:46:00 AM
    oh, I just found out reading some of the comments. this was FEATURED recently. Wow, Soup goes back far for some of its featured poems. Congratulations!!

  1. Date: 5/2/2013 9:45:00 AM
    hey, this is so cool. You must have many fans because this is way in your back page and at least four people have read and commented on it since I did some time ago!! That really shows how well loved you are here at Soup, Harry. Will miss you. Don't be gone long, ok?

  1. Date: 3/30/2013 4:24:00 PM
    Harry, this endures a good flowing rhyming poem. Many Blessings with your Featured Poem of the week. By the way no matter my blue color or tune I am always here, spreading the colorful cheer.....Happy Easter!" xox~ LINDA

  1. Date: 3/25/2013 1:12:00 PM
    Congrats Harry on the featuring of "Robbie Burns." There is no price tag on happiness.

  1. Date: 3/24/2013 7:54:00 PM
    Harry..this hit my soul...hard...many people think these souls are bad or trash but they know not what..brought them here..people who do not have a strong support system of family and friends use this many times as the only comfort..a wonderful featured poem. We never know what someone has been through. Not all deserve us to give up on them. Just a chance.

  1. Date: 3/1/2013 2:01:00 PM
    Dear Harry,Hope this finds YOU and YOURS Healthy and high in the Spirit. this has grasped my inner core. I have recently joined AA, but I was this man for many years YOU have exposed the truth. "a shameful smile or a satisfied grin? Accompanied each gulp that went within!" I know not the answer even though I have done it many times. A sad piece but effective Imagery LOVE YOU ALWAYS and FOREVER YOUR Eternal Liege...Harry

  1. Date: 1/21/2013 8:05:00 AM
    Hi , you know in reading i like your rhymes i like them a lot you should do more, you seem to have settled more in to free verse but you are so good at quatrains xx

  1. Date: 3/20/2012 7:24:00 PM
    That poor old guy. You really paint the picture of him well. Yes, I can see how he would be happier even than some others in the world. He seems to at least have a stress free life!! It's sure fun visiting your archives.

  1. Date: 10/4/2010 9:26:00 AM
    Really sad...sad that he chose this option, but as we all know, life has many twists and turns..sometimes you want to say, 'oh, forget it!' Have a good day, Harry. Peace, Audrey

  1. Date: 5/25/2010 8:59:00 AM
    well done enjoyed, a tad on the sad side, most impressed with the ending,..p.d.