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You Can't Hurt Me

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You Can't Hurt Me

Resounding echoes awaken the child
demons in the attic beckon unto him
stark fear grips his Vick's laden chest
shivers vibrate rusty springs of down

footsteps creak closer upon loose floorboards
while steamed filled pipes play taps
a somber teddybear snarls
causing the world to be still

foolish nuns, God doesn't want to "get me"

the sting of a ruler splinters a left hand
blood spurts upon faces of laughter
evil little boy too wicked for a mother
affliction runs in the family

Florence became flop because she always fell
polio never whipped her ass
just abused her now and then
she healed with a smile

Even humility has its price

Jimmy Dean wore sunglasses
maybe his eyes were bloodshot
or maybe he was a child of an alcoholic
and they became part of his attire

degenerate eye disease, masturbation
spattering or battering
does it really matter when you can't see
or understand the difference between ADD and ADHD

Psych 101: Crack can be Prozac

Iron gates surround a new residence
protecting the innocent who peer from outside
rehabilitation means refining bad habits
like those on the outside who have mastered them

twelve years of bars and games people play
provide an education unto itself
seclusion can be the deciding factor
between murder or suicide

self righteous judges choose life

recidivism is a revolving door
of vicious cycles with no engines
only propellers called co-dependants
or co-defendants, take your pick

life repeats itself over and over
only the circumstances change
yet the merry-go-round stops
when the flowers are arranged

Why are most tombstones gray

scared, afraid to die
are you saved?
from what, ourselves
you can't hurt me

Bob Shank-Nov. 30th, 2006

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  1. Date: 2/2/2012 7:01:00 AM
    I have truly enjoyed reading your poetry you have posted here at PoetrySoup. You are a very special poet and I wish you the best in your life and with your poetry. Two thumbs up to you Bob. Love and best wishes always, Carol

  1. Date: 3/29/2011 11:25:00 AM
    One of my favorites! Alot of awakening feelings. Well done:)

  1. Date: 5/30/2009 7:27:00 AM
    ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL PIECES OF WRITING I HAVE EVER READ. RAW AND REAL! A MASTERPIECE!!!!! lainie

  1. Date: 5/26/2009 3:26:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/25/2009 7:06:00 PM
    Totally, totally, totally IDENTIFY my friend, Bob Shank and Welcome To PoetrySoup. This is a very well-deserved selection to be a feature write this week. LOVE THE TITLE and thank you so much for putting real on paper. The candy coating isn't life grand stuff gets really boring after awhile ... LOL ... but this has been a great site for me to LET IT OUT and still remain civil ... smile ...

  1. Date: 5/25/2009 5:21:00 PM
    Bob, congrats with your feature...Raul

  1. Date: 5/25/2009 5:09:00 PM
    Congrats on your winning poem being featured this week! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 5/25/2009 1:15:00 PM
    Reposting the winners. This was definitely one. A poetic reality show. Congrats on he refeature. Vince

  1. Date: 5/25/2009 10:42:00 AM
    congrats on your featured poem God bless from diane

  1. Date: 5/25/2009 8:45:00 AM
    Congrats once again as you are being honoured once again with another feature of the week. We can’t get this kind of well deserved honour else where other than poetrysoup. Keep writing, you are a great poet… Leke

  1. Date: 5/25/2009 12:23:00 AM
    Hi Bob, congratulations of your featured poem this week. MOre power and success with your writing. Ernilando.

  1. Date: 5/24/2009 5:35:00 PM
    Just wanted to drop by and add congratulations on having your poem featured to my other comment. Another honor for this poem. Wishing you ongoing success with your writing. Karen

  1. Date: 1/13/2009 5:33:00 PM
    Hi Bob, A POWERFUL PIECE OF WRITING!!! Congratulations on your win. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 1/9/2009 6:44:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win. Very well written poem!

  1. Date: 1/8/2009 9:10:00 PM
    Congratulations. Such a heartwrenching piece full of raw emotion. I liked the word choice and structure. This is the kind of piece that grabs the reader and pulls at heartstrings. Great job!

  1. Date: 1/7/2009 4:29:00 PM
    Interesting use of imagery to convey your thoughts. Congratulations on being one of the contest winners. Keep on writing! Karen

  1. Date: 1/5/2009 6:44:00 PM
    Congrats Bob on being chosen a winner in the September contest. Vince

  1. Date: 1/5/2009 2:51:00 PM
    Well done! Christopher

  1. Date: 1/5/2009 10:40:00 AM
    Absolutely astounding write here, Bob. Its #1 in my book. Should be required reading ... smile ... somewhere. Congratulations to you and I look forward to reading more of your writing.

  1. Date: 1/4/2009 6:24:00 AM
    Congrats on your win in the PS contest! Love, Shar

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