On Tuesday morning my neighbor of 14 plus years was murdered. His addictions lead to his death in some way. The people as of yet are at large. He was an alcoholic since I've known him, but when he was sober he was the kindest man.
Below is the poem entitled Ode to Danny ,you are finally sober as a judge which was written by poet
Oliver. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.
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Jennifer Marie Oliver
You lived a hard life with tortured soul
Wanted more struggled to be whole
Addiction became your whole being
Your life has to have a meaning
I watched your tortured soul for years
Carrying bags with drink and beer
Hiding it more from yourself than me
The drunk is what you came to be
But there was much more to the man
Whose name was known to all as Dan
He had a heart that was bigger than most
Under the tough exterior he'd boast
He lived the life he wanted to live
If you were friend his shirt he'd give
His death to some came as a surprise
For some we watched his years of demise
So now I toast you here today
That is what you'd want I'd say.