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A Broken Man

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A Broken Man

A Broken Man

Standing in the shadows as the rain fills my shoes
watching my breath like smoke as I warm my hands.
I watch the crowds walk by without a sideward’s glance
at the man in the dark with no umbrella. 

Life has no meaning to a man who has lost it all,
to a man who caused his own destruction.
The cheating and lying has caught me
and now is consuming me with each passing day.

The man who had it all now begs on the streets
with no feelings of worthlessness, no feelings at all.
When you live at the top, the bottom is a long way down
and when you finally reach it the impact is deadly.

The women and money filled my head with a false reality
my happiness was at home with my wife and kids.
Now my home is the streets hiding in the shadows
waiting for my final days and begging them to hurry up.

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  1. Date: 1/9/2011 12:43:00 AM
    Great write! All of us can relate a phase of our lives to this write. Splendid work!

  1. Date: 11/17/2010 10:37:00 AM
    Joshua, This heartfelt write is really touching and just want to say, may God guide and protect you always. Soup Mail. Love, Audrey

  1. Date: 11/16/2010 8:54:00 AM
    The raw emotion left me speechless.. The regret and feelings of unworthiness seeps through your words.. *hugs* Joshua

  1. Date: 11/13/2010 3:51:00 AM
    It touched me really,Joshua.Very beautiful lines

  1. Date: 11/12/2010 3:13:00 PM
    This was a gripping tale that got my attention and held it....I felt the man's guilt, pain, regret, and emotional agony. I am glad that I chose this one to read this eve..I was honored that you stopped by my work "Had Times Been Different"..Your comments were so uplifting.Sara