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Down Not Out

Recently I spoke to a young man. Let’s say his name was John. He told me all about his life, And the things that he had done. Coming from a broken home and abused by someone close he said he fell behind in reading and sums receiving lower grades than most. He left school aged just sixteen Joined the army, felt there was nothing else. He was taught how to march, to obey, and how to kill. In self defence He was told when to sleep. When to wake, when to eat. He was feeling content, felt his life was complete. He then was sent to the Afgan war, returned with anxiety and stress. The army he loved he had to leave, His nerves were in a mess. He moved into a bedsitter flat, with the remains of his army pay. Soon fell behind with the rent, Was told ‘Get out right-away!’ Not knowing where to go, he walked the streets by day. At night sleeping on cardboard. In a secluded shop doorway. Passer-by’s ignored his begging pleas, muttering ‘He is on the dole, will spend money on drink and drugs.’ His medal proudly worn, some said he stole. Then one night someone did stop, helped him to his feet. Took him to a sheltered home, gave him something to eat. He was taught how to read, enrolled on an IT course. He was shown where to seek help, and said he was able to find some work. Now he is a leader at the home, helps others change their lives. For those like he once was, I asked if he had advice. He said, ‘My friend, believe in yourself, never have self doubt, say to yourself each and every day, I may be down, but not out.’

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  1. Date: 5/21/2012 9:13:00 AM
    Truly loud applause on this one. Love your poems... A a young Dickens boy once said... More please.

    Duddle Avatar Ken Duddle
    Date: 5/31/2012 7:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks I now have done a podcast and a youtube version. My written word is better than my spoken word.
  1. Date: 5/7/2012 6:39:00 AM
    Ken good story of endurance..David

    Duddle Avatar Ken Duddle
    Date: 5/31/2012 7:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks I now have a youtube and podcast version of it Would post it in the forum if anyone visited them.
  1. Date: 5/7/2012 5:45:00 AM
    Excellent Ken love this and the message is clear xx

    Duddle Avatar Ken Duddle
    Date: 5/31/2012 6:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have done a youtube and podcast version of it.