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The Shelf of Sadness

I was going to write a sad poem
But my nephew shot himself
So I'll guess I'll wait 'til later
And I put it on the shelf

I finally took it down today
But before I started to write
I got a call from a friend of mine
His daughter died last night

So on the shelf it went once more
To wait 'til grief has passed
Again I took the paper down
To write my sorrow at last

But as my muse began to cry
A knock came at my door
A neighbor came to me in tears
Her husband killed in the war

I never wrote that sad poem
It sits upon the shelf
Sadness needs no poet at all
It somehow writes itself

Copyright © Larry Belt

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  1. Date: 3/18/2013 5:28:00 PM
    Your poems always get to me. You are such a beautiful writer. Great poem Larry.

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 3:10:00 PM
    How sad but true! Awesome, my friend. Ralph

  1. Date: 1/4/2013 11:29:00 PM
    Hi Larry, this is awesome...The last stanza is great...glad to see your name pop up..BG

  1. Date: 1/4/2013 3:24:00 PM
    wow! your ending is amazing! very nice!

  1. Date: 1/4/2013 1:52:00 PM
    It's nicer with a happy poem ..... well done Larry. - HAPPY NEW YEAR! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)