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A Pauper's Grave

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A Pauper's Grave

I once knew a man of the sweetest voice,
He sang when the day grew dark.
He would sing sad tunes of a person’s choice,
And sing them like a soulful lark.

I once knew a man full of heartbreaking tunes,
He sang when the night grew light.
He would sing of times gone many moons,
Of sorrowed love and plight.

I once knew a man whose lips pressed grief,
He would sing in the midday heat.
He would sing of ships that struck on a reef,
And of lovers who could never meet.

I once knew a man so heavy with song,
He lies in a pauper’s grave.
Though his tunes, for sure, did nobody wrong,
He succumbed to an unmusical knave.

But if you will open your window at night,
When the warm wind wafts its breath.
You will hear him singing of a singer’s fright
At a sudden untimely death.

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  1. Date: 8/17/2011 7:59:00 PM
    Your talent shines bright in this amusing ballad. A sad tale with his soul held earthbound in a vaporous state ,haunting with his song. Very creative and imaginative writing. Mahalo

  1. Date: 12/29/2010 9:32:00 PM
    Poor pauper. I really love the first three stanzas of this one. I didn't quite get the unmusical knave line. Other than that, I really like this poem and its lyrical quality! Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 12/29/2010 10:49:00 AM
    I don't know who you are describing in this poem, but you have described him well with descriptiveness and rhyming.

  1. Date: 12/29/2010 9:18:00 AM
    Paul, this is a beautiful piece.. really enjoyed reading it this evening :)