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A Diminished Respect

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A Diminished Respect

There was a time.

There was a time
When your fabled dreams
Seemed honest

A time when
Your open arms
Coated in dented silver and tainted dreams
Understood my Size 12 shoes

When the world seemed to be against you
Yet, still,
Your blunt eloquence welcomed me home

Then, your “rainbow”…
…shat
           t
                er
           ed

Your heartbeat became an arrhythmia of petulant theatrics.

Your topaz coated spit
Released from refilled white-out bottles,
Brushing away quartered moons of an iridescent shame

A copycat of robotic muses
Infringing upon your pedestal,
Turned loud mouth, afflicting broken tongue

The “Stalin” of a messenger’s wit,
You raised your voice to a poignant sky!!!

And, as if Yahweh cured your muted disorders,
EVERYBODY HEARD YOU!!!

Including me

That was your goal…
…excluding me

From incipient edge, I witnessed you,
A turpentine puddle in front of a confessional booth 
On a melancholic Thursday morn,
With ripened glares to avoid your hallways

Tangled, dangling pacifiers as your doorbell

...

There will come a time.

There will come a time
When social feeds will deprive your vexing smile
Of validation

Where ignorant heartbeats will awaken
Through lyrical epiphanies
To see your “rainbow”
As a faded, stolen crayon

Where flirtatious dialect from withered accomplice
Licks cubic zirconium’s aftertaste
Forgetting that karma doesn’t tolerate one-night stands

For me, that time is now.

Then, I knew who you were.

Now, I know who you are.

You are not what you say.

A false advertisement in Sunday’s illiterate paper…
…with erased verbatim amongst your mirrored peers

Remembering how you falsified truth’s smile

Dire requests for empathetic warmth of our yesterdays
Yet, my Agnostic coat could never be thick enough
For your saturated, dual face

©Drake J. Eszes

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  1. Date: 12/19/2013 9:49:00 AM

    BAM!!!!

    Kelley Avatar James Kelley Date: 12/19/2013 11:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    yuuuppp
    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/19/2013 10:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Emeril style!!! =D
  1. Date: 12/17/2013 6:02:00 PM

    Love it! Great words, interesting read :)

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/18/2013 12:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi & thanks! Nice to see you around again.
  1. Date: 12/6/2013 7:46:00 PM

    Daaaaannnnngggg Drake...how long it'd take you to clean that 'person' off the ground when you smeared them across it?!! WONDERFUL!

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/6/2013 8:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Not long. Not long at all. ;-) Thank you so much!!!!! =D
  1. Date: 12/6/2013 4:24:00 PM

    Unfortunately, I have known many people like this in my lifetime. And, now I am forced to feel like I can't trust anyone, anymore. Except, for those who have experienced the same thing! Another deep and captivating write by you, my friend! So well done, Drake!

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/6/2013 5:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much, Kelly. I relate FULLY to what you're saying. But, I will always give benefit of the doubt to somebody new. No need to punish a new person with past indifference...unless they play with my heart. Then, all gloves are off. :) Many thanks again to you!
  1. Date: 12/5/2013 11:04:00 PM

    This is a captivating and a poem that is full of passion for revealing the double sided coin! You are a master at writing these poems my friend, Great Work!!

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/6/2013 12:23:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    "Double sided coin"...indeed, Russell!!!! Thank you so much!
  1. Date: 12/5/2013 8:26:00 PM

    Yowser.....!!! Have you ever used a sand-blaster???? You wouldn't need to rent one.......just spout off this poem, and paint will peel right off her face!! You are ssooo good at saying what you feel !! Awesome!

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/6/2013 12:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    LOL!!!! Classic!!! Sand-Blaster Poet? You might be onto something, Carrie...thank you for making me laugh before bed. You rock!
  1. Date: 12/5/2013 7:11:00 PM

    Love this one. Had to read it a few times with how great it is.

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/6/2013 12:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey there, Tahnee!!! That's very much appreciated! It was nice of you to stop by!
  1. Date: 12/5/2013 12:07:00 PM

    What a superb end to this one Drake! Loved each and every line.. You said it all and I love the title too ;)

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/6/2013 12:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ahh, you just need better inspirations, I think. ;-)
    Neels Avatar Wilma Neels Date: 12/5/2013 12:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hehehe don't worry Drake still around. Words have dried up I think :D
    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/5/2013 12:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    WILMAAAAA! =D Hi there & thank you so much! Just when I thought you disappeared on me. YAY!
  1. Date: 12/5/2013 8:17:00 AM

    I can't read a poem of yours just once. There are so many layers of emotion tied with barbed wire of brutal honesty. You outdid yourself on this masterpiece. The line that jumps out at me is 'your rainbow as a faded stolen crayon" So many of us paint out lives with colors stolen from someone else's dreams.

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/5/2013 8:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Monterey, that's just so cool of you to say that. Yes, I've met quite a few like that. It's a very sad thing to witness, still, in our daily lives. A riveting comment! Thank you so much! =D
  1. Date: 12/4/2013 11:31:00 PM

    Powerful, deep, honest, and brutally expressive:) There is absolutely no brains or wisdom in being two faced about anything in life, is there...Say it again, Drake, you say it the best!!! Every fake face ought to disintegrate reading this poem about who they are:)

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/5/2013 8:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    HA! As if they stared into the holy grail and just went POOF! I love it! You're awesome, Bindu. Thank you so much for the awesome comment!!!
  1. Date: 12/4/2013 9:10:00 PM

    Wow! Impressive, passionate piece. I love how you formatted it, especially the word "shattered."

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/5/2013 8:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Now that is SUPER kind of you to say, Juliet. Thank you so very much!
    Ligon Avatar Juliet Ligon Date: 12/4/2013 9:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Adding to faves.
  1. Date: 12/4/2013 7:21:00 PM

    Hi Drake I was looking for your take on the other mans clothes poem.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/5/2013 10:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Let me know when you post it.
    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/5/2013 8:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Coming today or tomorrow. ;-)
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 10:25:00 PM

    You are a master poet. Size 12?

    Crespo Avatar Beverly Crespo Date: 12/5/2013 1:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes.
    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/5/2013 8:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Quite the confident statement. :) Should I hold you to that? Thanks again, Beverly!
    Crespo Avatar Beverly Crespo Date: 12/3/2013 10:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'll always be around.
    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/3/2013 10:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Just a poet, not a master. :) Yes, Size 12. True story. Thank you so much, Beverly! Nice to see you around!
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 6:54:00 PM

    Oh lots of fav lines! [an arrhythmia of petulant theatrics][ flirtatious dialect from withered accomplice/ Licks cubic zirconium’s aftertaste] very nice! Light & Love

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/3/2013 10:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey Debbie! That is greatly appreciated. Very cool of you to say. Thanks so much for coming by here. I owe you a visit or 3 to your stuff again. :)
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 6:49:00 PM

    powerful and deep full of truth great poem

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/3/2013 6:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Very cool of you to say. I do appreciate it, Joseph!
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 5:54:00 PM

    Tough and eloquent, as always... Jack

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/3/2013 6:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Indeed, Jack. Thank you so much!
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 10:23:00 AM

    Hardcore lines within this piece. Sword swinging write, good one!

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/3/2013 10:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey Scribe. I do appreciate that very much.
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 8:23:00 AM

    I met a man this weekend from South America and the thing he found most disturbing about north American culture was how so few people where actualy who they presented themselves to be. Your poem is a good example of that. That makes me very sad. I really felt this one, it resonated and shook me to the core. I have had this experience more times than I wish to admit. But other times people have surprised me in the most delightful ways.

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/3/2013 9:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    As have I. :) Amen to that! =D
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/3/2013 9:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I choose to spend my time with people who are real. Life is to short to waste time on the fakers.
    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/3/2013 8:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It makes me very sad too. How often folks claim to care for others, yet scream/whine/pout aggressively when things don't go there f-ing way. They're very quick to remove what they say...yet, it changes nothing about their character. Utter pettiness. Still, like you, some refresh my hope in how adults should be. Thank you so much, Richard!
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 4:24:00 AM

    this nails the argument that without compassion. or deep honesty, one is doomed...of his own volition...payback time to love yourself again, drake ( froget the victim mode).. this is slam---- brutal and true the way it should be... impactful!..huggs

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/3/2013 6:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I believe you have said it all here. I will step back with a smile on my face. You get it. Damn right. You friggin rock, Nette!!!! ;-)
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 7:38:00 PM

    Good evening Drake...wow...I was living my own nightmare reading this! Such a relatable poem...like a room you can just step into and walk through the words.....awesome....

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/3/2013 6:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Indeed, I understand what you mean. Thank you so much, Donna!
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 5:37:00 PM

    Drake, I'm speechless. This poem in itself speak volumes of emotion so deep. Magnificent!! You have a way of captivating a reader's attention to connect with your soul utterly and completely. Hugs and love, Gail

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/2/2013 7:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    As always, I'm grateful for your thoughts, Gail. Hi & thank you so much!
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 5:07:00 PM

    You stand head and shoulders above us dear friend! As always your creative writings blow me away... I am honoured to call you a friend! Good wishes, Drake, for the coming season!

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/2/2013 5:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Jack, my good man, I don't want stand above anybody. I want to be by yours & everyone else's side. That's enough to make this heart content. As for you too, sir. To another awesome & memorable season upon us, yes! =)
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 3:27:00 PM

    Ow this is very deep Drake.Dual face..A fading stolen crayon ..Wowzer.This is such a profound poem.There s nothing worse in life than to be dishonest ..Living a lie might harm those one care for but mostly his/her ownself.I hope this is fiction Drake.A very deep poem.Tnks for stopping by my humble verse : )

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/2/2013 4:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I was the cause & victim of these things in my life back then. Today, I have to continue being a better man. It's not always easy, society today makes it so much worse than ever to be that way. But, in the end, only we make it harder on ourselves than it should be. Thank you so very much, Charmaine. HUGE HUG! =D
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 2:42:00 PM

    Wow! You truly honor truth and honesty above all, as it should be, you my friend have the refined ability to look beneath all the make up and see the real person within, you must have acquired this skill through time and wisdom, nicely written D, sending you a bouquet of Yellow Roses, for friendship sake, have a good one xxx

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/2/2013 4:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, it's something I've learned with time, mistakes, & heartache having been on both ends of the spectrum. We make a choice to be a better person ourselves & others. We make a choice to finally grow-up & accept the world that never revolved around us in the 1st place. Some, just refuse to do that. It's so childish. I think Raymond said it best in his comment. Thank you so much, Rose! =D
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 11:04:00 AM

    "Shattered" in illustration was a brilliant addition as well

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/2/2013 11:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Indeed! Glad you caught that. =D
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 10:57:00 AM

    By the masters pen I wept in bitter empathy for the anguish suffered. A stunning poetic description of betrayal. Agnostic comrades resonating within a similar vein, reaches out in friendships embrace saying... The human subject depicted is not worthy of the writer. Entirely worth the wait Sir Drake

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/2/2013 11:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My goodness, your comment shines, Sarai. You understand this too. That means so much. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! =D
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 10:56:00 AM

    - Wow .... hour of truth has arrived .... - Deep and "black edges" .... well done ... as always, Drake ! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/2/2013 11:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It has, yes. ;-) You're awesome, Anne Lise. Thank you so much!
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 10:52:00 AM

    This goes hard Drake...straight to the fakers lface BOOOM lol yoooooooo brother my favorite line 'Remembering how you falsified truth’s smile'. People find safty in hate and pretence..Your Visits on my side are endlessly appreciated. The world needs writers like you..

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/2/2013 11:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    HA!!! YES! You coudln't be more right about that. I'm glad to connect with you on here. You definitely understand & value the bigger message in my work. That's very important. And I appreciate you coming through here. We're going to get along just fine sir! =) You're too kind in your commentary. I'm very grateful.
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 10:07:00 AM

    Drake...........this is a cutting poem. Very very....vengeful and sad. As a literary piece...of course, very deep.

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/2/2013 10:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, spot on. Thanksgiving had me away from the Internet and I was ENTIRELY ok with it. :) It's good to be back. You're very welcome.
    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 12/2/2013 10:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I missed your visits.......BTW! ;) Thanks for your visit to my last poem......and the lovely comment. As usual......you are very very kind and sweet in the comments you make.
    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 12/2/2013 10:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes......if a person is who they claim to be......good point. Transparency is the ultimate desirable trait. Of course, sometimes with transparency comes pain.....being rebuffed.....being misunderstood...Fine and delicate balance there. This is a very powerful piece. I'm sure the inspiration behind it was even more so......
    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/2/2013 10:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi & yes, Eileen. =) There comes a point when you start seeing/hearing the same apologies from those who continue to make the same mistakes. If a person is who they claim to be, why aren't they behaving as such? Why do they only behave when they are caught? 'Tis a pity in this continued, gradual declining of humanity. But, hope does still remain...thank you so much, Eileen.
  1. Date: 12/2/2013 9:30:00 AM

    two faced....goodness! Wonderful poem, Drake. hugs, catie :)

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/2/2013 9:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You should know better than that. =P That said, thank you my dear, Catie!
    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 12/2/2013 9:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I hope it's not about me! LOL :)