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The poet

The Poet.

Once there lived a poet
In an up and coming town
Where there mostly lived the rich
Though the poor they too were found.
And our young poet was poor indeed
Though his poetry was rich,
But no one saw there any value
Nor it's power to bewitch.

He was starving in a land of plenty
In the springtime of his life.
He lived in a hovel, dark and dim
And his health did give him strife.
But he wrote his words of magic power
Though he knew that he was dying.
And no one stopped to think of him
No one, for he was crying.

So as the last breath left his lungs
He lay a man alone.
He yearned to look through the roof above
As he thought of the nights he'd known,
When stars shone in those clear dark skies
Like twinkling, winking gems.
Then the angel touched him on the lips
He was going home again.

Two hundred years on down the track
His monuments be countless.
And everywhere his poems be read
His name it has been blessed.
How cruel be mankind’s ignorance
When wisdom's cast aside.
As fools they yearn for the gold that glitters
And beauty be denied.

Feb 16 2004.

Copyright © Peter Duggan

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  1. Date: 8/13/2013 6:29:00 AM
    wow, Peter I'm impressed by the reply on the bottom. you had me thinking it was a poet from the past, while reading the poem from start to end. Great imagination. --Awesomely, this poet travels through your mind. love SKAT

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/13/2013 3:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you skat, those comments mean a lot to me, it is so nice of you to read my stuff...Peter
  1. Date: 8/12/2013 9:31:00 PM
    Peter, I wonder who's the poet you wrote about... At first I thought of Poe, but he was a man of mystery... Born: January 19, 1809 passed: October 07, 1849 ...... it could be him... his last days never reached the stars... JHI.... he has inspired so many poets. enjoyed .... Linda

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/13/2013 12:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    To tell you the truth, my friend, I am ashamed to say I have never read poetry in my life, and when I come on this site it totally confuses me, with all these different types of poetry. I am just a poor simple song writer. who pretends to be a poet LOL. Thank you so much for your comments....Peter
  1. Date: 8/12/2013 5:20:00 PM
    Ahh!!! I don't know what poet you are honoring but you did a good job...I do think a person might starve do death depending on poetry to feed them..Thanks for the visit to my work..Sara

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 8/13/2013 12:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sorry Sara, It wasn't about anyone in particular, it was imagination. this poet could be anyone of the millions of very talented people, who no one notices, then when they die' people start looking...Sorry if I made it like it was a real person....Peter