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Shell of a man

Shell of a man is what I am,
once loud and proud, now I can't stand. 

I once had plenty, and I gave it, 

now have nothing, and no friends to take it. 

Admired, inspired, alive and on fire 

to degraded, jaded, faded and dire. 

I cry out to god "why oh why" 

but only rain and silence come from the sky.
I've carved and whittled, tried to make something, 

till it was all gone and I was left with nothing.
The dice are loaded, I just can't win, 

I'm tired of failing again and again. 

I'll just resign to hang my head lowly, 

what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, 

but some things kill you slowly.

Copyright © Robert Whitby

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  1. Date: 10/14/2012 9:47:00 AM
    Hey, This is a very well done poem. There comes a time in every human life that strength leaves us(whether physical or emotional) and adjusting is never easy. I like that line 'but some things kill you slowly', it shows the vanity of mankind. Nice write!

  1. Date: 10/13/2012 3:01:00 PM
    welcome to the Soup Robert,you will survive your poem shows your strength,great write

  1. Date: 10/8/2012 11:17:00 AM
    A warm welcome to PoetrySoup I offer to you this morning Robert. I wish for you the best in your writing endeavors whatever they may be. Hoping you find even more inspiration by reading some of the poetry written here by other poets. May the sun shine on you that you might find great joy in your life. Thank you for sharing your writing with us. Love, Carol