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The Killer in Wait

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The Killer in Wait

He's been dizzied by the changes
     through which night and day revolve,
His heart's been captured by conflicts
     nobody dares to resolve.
Has looked upon that well lit path
     which would lead him to the truth,
Yet lives amongst the shadows held
     in a disappearing youth.

There are sins within his conscience
     that he has never denied,
And sermons by much younger fools
     are now harder to abide.
The winds of change seem to shift
     much too fast for aging eyes,
Has chained himself to memories
     on which his life now relies.

Has always wondered about love
     though he's never felt its touch,
Can't recall a mother's embrace
     or a young girl's awkward clutch.
There's no one in this old folks home
     that can understand his pain,
And no one here can realize
     what's coming with tonight's rain.

An broken wheelchair by the wall,
     he sits lifeless in the seat,
One shotgun and two forty-fives
     now lay silent at his feet.
At the end of the body count
     they said they found thirty four,
Had he been twenty years more young,
     might have got a whole lot more.


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  1. Date: 8/2/2012 5:08:00 AM

    you've told this story very well with an excellent use of rhyme. great poem!