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Another Man's Clothes

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Another Man's Clothes

I wonder
Who I might become
If I wore another man's clothes
If I thought his thoughts
Dreamed his dreams
Lived his heartache
Felt his insanity
Walked along his razor's edge

Would I
Understand
Empathize
Digest his pain
Rise above his circumstances
Would I realize how easy my own life has been

Perhaps
I could search through his pockets
Look for answers
Remove the tie from his neck that strangles
Rip off the clothes that make the man
Return his sanity
Free him from the labels sewn on yesterday's promises

Or I could walk
A bit longer
Search a bit deeper
Discard my own misconceptions
Feel his peace
Think different thoughts
For he is more and less than me
He has danced and loved in exceptional ways
And as I walk and wear his shoes
I hear the tapping of his soul
I become
Aware
It is not him
Not me
Not anyone
That can save us
From ourselves
Yet we are changed
In inexplicable ways
By wearing
Another man's clothes


I chose this one for your contest because I feel as 
a poet I put myself in other people's clothes all the time.
I like the premise of this contest and I hope this gives you
a glimpse of who I am. 

Richard Lamoureux
Submited December 20 2013
written in early December.

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  1. Date: 4/16/2014 2:49:00 PM

    Yes I love it. It has a sense of having the powers to challenge one's mind, thoughts, actions or eve change someone's life. Very beautiful and well scripted. Thank you for sending me through this side.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 4/16/2014 3:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am pleased you like my poem, thanks for taking the time to find it.
  1. Date: 2/15/2014 11:02:00 AM

    A double hat-tip to you this morning, sir. I shall carry this into the day and ponder the faces I see in a new way.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 2/15/2014 11:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Good morning John, always a pleasure to have you visit.
  1. Date: 1/28/2014 9:30:00 AM

    This is a wonderful poem Richard, I have trouble wearing another mans clothes. It is very hard to wear my own. But to help understand ourselves we must learn to understand others. A great poem my friend. If I hadn't put myself in another mans clothes then I would not be who I am today.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 1/28/2014 9:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    If you wear the clothes Jesus has prepared for you, you will be adorned in splendor. Sometimes we forget we are not of this world. Thanks for commenting.
  1. Date: 1/2/2014 9:07:00 PM

    I love this poem Richard....we really can realize how fortunate we are by being aware of other peoples problems....and receive blessings by joining them in celebrating their accomplishments and joys...just awesome..congratulations

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 1/2/2014 11:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Donna, you are always so nice to me.
  1. Date: 12/25/2013 11:30:00 PM

    the First place poems were mostly AMAZING, just like this one. It's no wonder mine was so low haha. Mine is in the silly way the Soup's poetry form bio says to do them. I think the free verse style ones are the BEST ones.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/26/2013 1:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Personally I really liked yours, you gave us an honest look at yourself. I thought it was one of the better entries. I am partial to your writing and can't think of anything of yours that I haven't liked.
  1. Date: 12/25/2013 4:36:00 PM

    Worth remembering. Thank you for sharing

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/25/2013 4:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for commenting Scott. I hope you are having a inice Christmas Day.
  1. Date: 12/25/2013 5:09:00 AM

    Congrats on the win, my dear friend. This one is a beauty.Thanks for your time on my work!!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/25/2013 9:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It was my pleasure.
  1. Date: 12/24/2013 6:12:00 PM

    Congrad's on your win. Happy Christmas Eve. Light & Love

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/25/2013 9:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Good morning and Merry Christmas.
  1. Date: 12/24/2013 8:26:00 AM

    Big congrats to you on your winning poem. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/24/2013 9:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks so much AO. Merry Christmas to you as well.
    Oyewole Avatar Abdulhafeez Oyewole Date: 12/24/2013 8:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ...in advance.
  1. Date: 12/24/2013 12:16:00 AM

    Enjoyed your beautiful write on a portrait of a poet and congratulations on the win, Richard

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/24/2013 12:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Dr. Ram.
  1. Date: 12/23/2013 6:10:00 PM

    There is great depth and insight in your words Richard...congrats on your win

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/23/2013 9:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Joseph.
  1. Date: 12/23/2013 1:05:00 PM

    Congrats Richard on your fantastic win! You did a great job here, I was so impressed reading this... Thanks for your participation,, G

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/23/2013 3:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks so much. I am honoured you chose my poem. Merry Christmas
  1. Date: 12/18/2013 3:03:00 PM

    this was an amazing read for me! IT IS SO VERY TRUE!!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/18/2013 4:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Jackie.
  1. Date: 12/15/2013 11:17:00 PM

    This has made it to number 5 Richard, congratulations :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/16/2013 4:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You were up late.
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/16/2013 4:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It was at four for a while but got bumped down. Thanks for the congrats,;0)
  1. Date: 12/15/2013 8:25:00 PM

    You are truly at your best with free verse: without restrictions you truly shine!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/15/2013 9:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Craig, until I came to the soup I only wrote Quatrains.
  1. Date: 12/8/2013 5:18:00 AM

    deep thoughts Rick clothes but disguise us. super pen Shadow x smile hug

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/8/2013 8:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Shadow.
  1. Date: 12/7/2013 9:58:00 PM

    Wow I just looked and this is at number 9 !! Congratulations! :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/8/2013 1:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Really? That's great, I was thinking I had lost my touch my numbers in the top 100 have diminished as of late.
  1. Date: 12/5/2013 8:33:00 AM

    You are at your masterful best here my friend. You see beyond the surface to what is really needed in this world. I have always been told to never judge a man until I have walked a mile in his moccasins, but I have never heard it explained so well.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/5/2013 8:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are sweet Monterey. Thanks so much, as poets we have the priveledge of wearing many people's clothes. Sometimes we are draped in Kingly burlap.
  1. Date: 12/4/2013 9:24:00 PM

    We are changed by wearing another's clothes...loved this Richard....fav for me too..to read again and again...just being aware of our surroundings and watching is a good start...awesome poem..

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

    I agree Donna, over the years that has brought me much pleasure.
  1. Date: 12/4/2013 3:42:00 PM

    wow, I agree with Becca.AMAZING. you have touched on a very important aspect of being more than just human. But rising to the level of trying to see another man's way of being!!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/5/2013 8:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    In today's society it seems to be a lost art. Many seem to be self focused. That's why the world is in such great need of poets.
  1. Date: 12/4/2013 1:08:00 PM

    This is amazing, Rick. Wow, what a great message tucked away inside the lines of this poem. We never know what someone else has been through, or is going through, or what they could have been. This is a big time favorite for me.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/5/2013 9:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Aww thanks Becca, sometimes we try to fix people instead of seeing they are already beautiful.
  1. Date: 12/4/2013 5:30:00 AM

    'For he is more and less than me' is my favorite line among many...In my humble opinion, this is the best I have seen from you my friend...LOADED with wisdom and insight...I'll be thinking about this one for a long time...

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/4/2013 7:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am pleased, thanks Tim.
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 12/4/2013 5:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Go directly to my favs, do not pass go...
  1. Date: 12/4/2013 3:38:00 AM

    The question asked is WHAT IF? A perplexing question and no doubt with many different answers. As per usual you amazed me again with such powerful words and subject. May I call you a rare poet?

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/4/2013 7:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You honor me.
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 6:28:00 PM

    Richard an outstanding poem we should never judge a book by its cover a moving work

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/4/2013 7:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Cool, talent runs in the family.
    Sergi Avatar Joseph Sergi Date: 12/3/2013 8:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes Richard he is my uncle
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/3/2013 6:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, are you related to Ralph?
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 1:55:00 PM

    Hi Richard: Speaking of "Collections", this is definately a collectors poem using another man's clothes as a metaphor 'for living someone else's life. BRAVO! I'm collecting this one.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/3/2013 6:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Ralph, thanks for the inspiration, I have properly recognized you contribution at the end of my poem.
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 10:43:00 AM

    There's so much here on the surface and below it. So much that all I can say is...masterful. I loved every line.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/3/2013 6:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Aww thanks Caleb, coming from a master writer such as yourself I am honored.
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 10:02:00 AM

    I love each line but there was a particular line 'to be saved from ourselves'..This line touched me in so many ways..and to think with someone elses mind.Many times when I didn t yet drive iy teens.I used to be on a bus and think between myself about the other people's life and thoughts.Re our changes..yes We can wear another man s clothes or We can be happy of what We re wearing and appreciate who We are.Your words are powerful and profound.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/3/2013 10:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sometimes wearing another's clothes helps us appreciate all that we have been blessed with.
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/3/2013 10:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks again for another thoughtful visit.
    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 12/3/2013 10:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    in my teens i meant oops..Good morning to you too : )
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 9:57:00 AM

    Richard....I'm with Drake...I didn't know where you were going with this....You know I'm partial to your terzanelle, but I have to admit...this must be one of your ABSOLUTE best. It's....It's very different...VERY NOT YOU! I like it. I like the way you have expressed yourself in such an unpredictable way....."Free him from the labels sewn on yesterday's promises." How? How did you come up with that? SPLENDID! FAVING! DAH...like...what's new, Eileen??? ;)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/3/2013 10:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I was thinking of all the name brands labeled on people's clothes and how we believe the promises that are attached to those labels. Also those labels give us false impressions of who those other people are as well as give us false ideas of who we are ourselves. Wow all that from your one question!
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 9:23:00 AM

    I totally thought you were going to go somewhere else with this, based on the title. This was wonderfully expressed! The veritable "walking in another's shoe", greatly expanded upon. Fantastic!

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes Date: 12/3/2013 9:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I.....I might do that... ;-) And you're VERY welcome sir!
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 12/3/2013 9:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You should write a poem based on where you thought it was going. That would be an interesting project. This poem virtually wrote itself. Thanks for commenting Drake.