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Faces of loneliness

 Loneliness makes his usual rounds
As he listens to lonely hearts pound
He visits the woman who's up in years
And helps her dry her lonely  tears
Her children don't come around anymore
It is always loneliness who knocks on her door

He goes to the house of the little boy and knocks on the door
The boy's mother is hardly ever home 
The scared child  hides when he hears thunder roar
And his tears fall on the dusty floor
His heart races as the storm roams

Loneliness moves on to the dwelling of an old war veteran
Who  lost both legs in Vietnam
He has no dreams,  just lonely plans
Flashbacks wake him from  his sleep
And it makes him weep

Then loneliness visits those who have no home
They are the ones who are truly alone
They have such a meager existence
They've lost their souls,  their very essence
It seems they've cried out all their tears
All they've left  is a vacant stare
And when all those lonely tears  have accrued
Loneliness transforms them into the river of solitude
                                      ~~

Contest name : Faces of loneliness
Sponsor : Frank H.






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  1. Date: 10/23/2013 8:19:00 PM
    Joseph, awesome deep win.. LOVE -- SKAT

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 10:20:00 PM
    another nice win...Joseph... Linda

  1. Date: 10/21/2013 11:06:00 AM
    Joseph, I love how you gave loneliness a face...Congrats on your winning placement! Love and blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 10/21/2013 8:21:00 AM
    Congrats on the win in the contest, Joseph

  1. Date: 10/19/2013 5:48:00 PM
    excellent write....congrats on your win with this fine poem :)

  1. Date: 10/18/2013 7:31:00 PM
    Joseph..I enjoyed every face you so tenderly expressed....well done....and congratulations

  1. Date: 10/13/2013 11:06:00 AM
    Very well written, deeply profound and with great imagery :)

  1. Date: 10/11/2013 3:29:00 PM
    - A very well written poem Joseph!! - Loneliness is almost like a "disease" today .... so many lonely people .... sad. - Wishing you good luck in the contest and a great weekend Joseph - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 10/10/2013 12:57:00 PM
    Joseph, An excellent poem that describes the feelings of loneliness to a T! Good luck in the contest :-) Julie

  1. Date: 10/10/2013 1:33:00 AM
    Ive been working on one for this contest..but it sounds hokey next to yours. This is brilliant.. I see as big win ahead. BG

    May Avatar Joseph May
    Date: 10/10/2013 8:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you BG ....I am sure yours will be very good...
  1. Date: 10/9/2013 9:01:00 PM
    What a personification of loneliness, good luck, Joseph

    May Avatar Joseph May
    Date: 10/10/2013 8:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you Dr. Mehta