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A Nameless Baritone

An arthritic flesh

Hesitant wipes off deteriorated lens

Every exhale,
Another tragic sulk unto morrow’s pit
Flaunting suicidal fallacies

Off-white flag motions
Signaling mercy under liar’s duress

Muted pride
Cracking dusty knuckles

Penetration’s decrepit vowel
Slipping in between faulty, stamped licenses
Just to belong

Another back-handed waltz
Bordering beggar dialects

Untrue
Towards paradoxical epiphanies

A faceless identity
Converging amongst unwelcomed hymns
Tainting hallelujahs with discolored spit

Worming their decapitated fingertips
With equilibrium massages
Back to a barricaded oasis

Deciphers from a slanderous heretic
Proclamation of syllabic want

As arthritic flesh
Scribbles out expendable nickname
Manipulating good intentions to be sadistically validated

From their rendered nether

Nameless never inscribed a verse to call their own

Struggling to swim
In the rivers they cried

©Drake J. Eszes

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  1. Date: 9/9/2013 4:46:00 PM
    Well, I've read all the comments and find myself in that George Gobel position feeling like that pair of brown shoes in a room full of tuxedos. The comments say it better than I ever could. I would have to add some sweat into that river of tears. I feel silly praising something I don't quite understand. I pick up just enough to recognize your brilliance... great respect comes from this corner.... Jake

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 9/9/2013 6:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I'd rather you just be yourself, John. :) That is greatly appreciated. I am grateful for you even taking the time.
  1. Date: 9/2/2013 4:33:00 PM
    Wow...I love the way you word things, and twist around things we can relate to...but at the same time, they have that twist and it makes it bizarre and extremely insightful. Your poetry is all too interesting. There's a frustration I sense throughout the poem. It doesn't fully satisfy--in the best sense, I mean.. it really makes an impact. Very thought-provoking! Always, Laura

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 9/2/2013 4:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes, there is definitely a bit of frustration. More for the topic matter than myself. The lines crave for completion & honesty. Thank you so much, Laura! =D
  1. Date: 8/24/2013 12:27:00 PM
    Well, I am one of the many who had to go through this several times. At first I thought maybe you didn't care much for the opera...I see the disdain for phony people and sycophants ie..."Nameless never inscribed a verse to call their own" Interesting lines and very intense :)

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/24/2013 12:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Ha. Thank you. I LOVE the opera! Moreso, the symphony. ;-) But, I'm glad you took the time to understand this piece. :)
  1. Date: 8/24/2013 5:40:00 AM
    Another incredible poem. Love the phrase 'back-handed waltz' A perfect description of life a lot of the time.

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/24/2013 7:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Indeed, isn't it?? That phrase was one of those things when I wrote it and read it back, it was like "where did that just come from"? Love it! Thank you so much, Monterey!
  1. Date: 8/22/2013 6:12:00 PM
    After my holiday I come back to good poetry, life gets better every day, Smile xxx

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/22/2013 10:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Glad you enjoyed yourself, Rose. :) Thank you very much!
  1. Date: 8/22/2013 1:22:00 PM
    Great comment today on my poem. Thanks for adding your thoughts.

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/22/2013 1:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My pleasure. :)
  1. Date: 8/22/2013 11:36:00 AM
    Soupmail :)

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/22/2013 12:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    M'kay!
  1. Date: 8/22/2013 10:23:00 AM
    sweet hello from bali, drake.. maybe i'll get a new treat tomorrow?.. enjoy and thanks for the fun on your show!..:) huggs

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/22/2013 10:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi, Nette! Possibly, yes. :) It was a true pleasure to have you on the show.
  1. Date: 8/21/2013 4:22:00 PM
    Hi Drake, thanks for your visits and kind comments, hope you are having a spectacular day.

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/21/2013 5:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you very kindly, Richard. I hope you are too. :)
  1. Date: 8/21/2013 7:21:00 AM
    In the end that validation counts for nothing if your soul is dark and no one can see light in you, but then again they draw their strength from manipulating situations and things. I love that I had to go back and read this one again.. Made me go there :) Wilma

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/21/2013 7:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Spot on, Wilma. I'm glad this writing took you "there". ;-) That's my goal with this writing. Thank you so very much!!!!
  1. Date: 8/21/2013 7:11:00 AM
    a most experiential piece where sorrow and longing meet somewhere in the recesses of your heart.. yeahh, i'm in bali and can't computer much but will check you out again later.. this is a bang!..:) hugggs

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/21/2013 7:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Mmmhm, yup. :) Have fun in Bali!!!!!!!! =D Thank you so much, Nette!!!
  1. Date: 8/21/2013 12:47:00 AM
    I kind of got the idea of what you were meaning from the very last few lines. Sorry, Drake. My little mind just isn't geared to taking in this kind of unique imagery. But I enjoy the "feeling" of the words.

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/21/2013 7:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    No apologies needed. What I write won't always register fully with some readers, it's ok. It certainly doesn't mean you have a "little mind". :) It's about those people who try to change on the surface, yet forget that they have to improve who they are on the inside for it to hold substance. Like, changing names, doesn't mean a thing if you're still a bad person on the inside. I hope this helps. I'm happy you stopped by!
  1. Date: 8/20/2013 7:51:00 PM
    There is definitely so much more into this write than what is initially read, or heard. You got my attention from your first line when you read that, replaying it in my head now... This was a poem that I re-read again to grasp it, and I like it that way, like peeling layers.. reading the comments below is also so interesting... your metaphors here are so unique and so fitting indeed! Btw, thanks for your thoughts for my country, the rains that the typhoon brought have weakened by now, our 4th day of rain but sun is shining thru a bit now, thank God, 3 days of raining buckets of cats and dogs, wow, the flooding it has caused was scary! So many affected, stranded and flooded...

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/21/2013 7:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes, that was one of the goals with this piece...to make sure people re-read this and fully grasp the inner meanings. It's all about the layers. I don't want my poetry to be THAT easily forgettable. ;-) I'm so sorry about the typhoon that hit there and all the flooding it caused. But, I'm glad to hear it's finally calming down. I'm glad you stopped by here, Nikko!
  1. Date: 8/20/2013 4:17:00 PM
    Interesting lines penned...Enjoyed reading today..Sara

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/20/2013 4:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi & Thank you, Sara. I'm glad you did.
  1. Date: 8/20/2013 2:10:00 PM
    I agree with everyone else Drake...your poems always must be read with the heart mind soul and eyes....to me....just to belong....got me.....

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/20/2013 2:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :) Thank you kindly, Donna. I just want to make sure it doesn't scare people away! lol
  1. Date: 8/19/2013 8:55:00 PM
    The power within your words is so vast and incredible, I truly loved reading this amazing write! I really enjoyed this line, " Towards paradoxical epiphanies" that explained a lot in that part of the poem! What a tremendous piece, Great Work!!

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/19/2013 9:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so very much, Russell! I tried to lay this out as well as I could. =D
  1. Date: 8/19/2013 8:17:00 PM
    Yep....you've described those who wallow in needing validation.....as if they are the very first to know of suffering....and often I find what they think is worth pity.....is their own selfish ego needing a little more pampering. It takes a poet such as yourself to wiggle around the truth with such wit and insight....no one sees their own reflection in your poem, sad to say..but it is a little of everyone of us, you have portrayed. you've nailed the lot of us! :) Love it!

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/19/2013 9:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes. Done. Sold! Nailed it, dear Carrie. LOL Well said. Thank you so so so much for getting this! I am deeply grateful. =D
  1. Date: 8/19/2013 4:46:00 PM
    'Struggling to swim in the rivers they cried'...No wonder they struggle in their own crocodile tears ..If they re manipulators of all that`s good intented.~Tainting halleluljahs with discolored spit..liars..faceless..hypocrits..insignificant.This poem makes me think of people who.bully and manipulate others at all cause..but in the end who laughs last laugh best.Don t know if i understood your dialect ¿ ¿ B-)

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/19/2013 5:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You're quite right, Charmaine. Changing a name does not change their true colors. Not establishing your true identity is the same outcome. They need heart to do that. To be real. Thank you so much!
  1. Date: 8/19/2013 12:24:00 PM
    - Not so easy to describe this theme Drake, but you have as always done it with grace and excellence - Have a beautiful new week dear friend. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/19/2013 1:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much, Anne Lise. I do appreciate that very much!
  1. Date: 8/19/2013 11:14:00 AM
    An awesome poem, Drake! Reminds me of someone I know... hugs, Catie :)

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/19/2013 11:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Mmmhm. :) Why'd you change your name to something weird? You're certainly far from "insignificant". That said, thank you so much, Catie!
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