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On the outside, looking in

"When humanity becomes louder than love, stay out of its way. At times, it's better to be the lion in the distance, rather than the sheep losing their way...again."

This was the 1st time
I felt out of place.

Its impact mimicked abused parallelograms
Unto emptiness’ solution

I witness sliced wrists shedding bohemian smiles.

Testament verses
Latching onto anchors of invalid mo(u)rning

There was no sunrise to be found,
Because humanity kept making love to silhouetted blinders

I was surrounded by shovels
For the sake of digging louder messages’ trench

While I
Caress incipient wings
And half-full Windex bottles
Just to keep perception from clouding my lyrics

Because nobody wants to see eye to eye…


…cataract-laced speeches permeate tainted whispers
Of an innocent breath 
For B-rated serendipity

Oh, this was the 1st time
I felt out of place.

Turning away from windowed afflictions
To step towards gratitude’s breath

No longer looking in

How good it feels.

Yet, I still miss my friends.

©Drake J. Eszes 


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  1. Date: 4/13/2014 1:47:00 PM

    Who among us, has not felt this way, I wonder? So familiar everyone must be with something as this moment. As we have grown, changed, or perhaps it is the world around us that has changed, what used to be, no more.... and at first the loss may seem like grief..but perhaps instead relief that we can part and go our separate ways. I think I can relate to feeling this way more than once. This is clearly human! :)
  1. Date: 4/10/2014 8:33:00 AM

    OOO man!!!1 OOO i am coming bck for this one OOOO Man!!!!!! if i had to die in word my funeral will be a Poetry Session. Nice one my friend..its going to my Fav.
  1. Date: 4/9/2014 11:31:00 PM

    This is a wonderful write and I'm so glad that you are no more out of place. You are alright and you can take that to the bank. Thanks for sharing... Lucilla
  1. Date: 4/9/2014 8:47:00 PM

    I have always marched to the beat of my own drummer, and you Drake are marching and beating the hell out of your own drum I see! Excellent write! Hugs
  1. Date: 4/9/2014 2:56:00 PM

    Proud to be different, never worried about fitting in, but boy there was the temptation..... Love this one very deep rooted and relational to what people feel everyday
  1. Date: 4/9/2014 12:58:00 PM

    This is worthy of a second, third, fourth and fifth read. Thanks for your visits Drake.
  1. Date: 4/9/2014 7:12:00 AM

    (Whoops! I got too wordy and it made me divide into two comments) Now I revel in being on the 'outside', being different, walking three steps left of 'normal', dancing alone in the forest on moonlit nights and scaring scrubby looking campers (but that is another story) Thank you for this one!
  1. Date: 4/9/2014 7:11:00 AM

    Hi Drake, I faved this resonates with me. "Sliced wrists shedding bohemian smiles" "Turning away from windowed afflictions" It feels like you were watching a long ago me and taking poetic notes. Once I realized I didn't care if I fit in, didn't understand what drove most people anyway, I turned away from observing what was only window dressing, and wandered off to find my own path. One friend stuck with me, and I found a few more along the way.
  1. Date: 4/8/2014 9:38:00 PM

    Drake, thought I'd drop in and say hi. That, and I like this poem. I need to write more free verse--and I too miss my friends. Nicely done, Drake. Thanks for sharing. :) Mel
  1. Date: 4/8/2014 3:16:00 PM

    Lots of veiled and unveiled truths in this poem. Love the inclusion of humor (to me at least) of the "Windex bottles..." Being outside the box is rarely confining. C.L.
  1. Date: 4/7/2014 1:24:00 PM

    Hi there! Great work as usual!! I really like the line: "There was no sunrise to be found, Because humanity kept making love to silhouetted blinders"...... Very deep, poetic, and mindfully visual! Cheers :)
  1. Date: 4/7/2014 7:51:00 AM

    A deep and powerful write, you say it the way only you can. I can so relate to this poem, the last few lines "outside, no longer in, how good it feels" reads almost euphoric, like flying free from everything negative. tell me, Drake, what made you write this?
  1. Date: 4/7/2014 7:49:00 AM

    This marvel of a poem leaves the mind wondering in a labyrinth of splendid interpretations without ever wishing an exit to find! Excellent my friend Drake!
  1. Date: 4/6/2014 2:31:00 PM

    Some great feedback Drake. Rock on brother.
  1. Date: 4/6/2014 8:31:00 AM

    I hear notes of periwinkles playing deep in my head because of your incredible write my friend! I feel the depths of my soul and find it more appealing due to this wondrous poem! Thank you for your awesome words here! What a grand piece, Great Work!!
  1. Date: 4/6/2014 6:49:00 AM

    A big 7, heaven's number, the one that can't be compromised by mediocrity nor insincerity, your top quoted line delivers a great punch, you were definitely worth the wait, a great spokesman, chooses his words carefully, and you, are worth your salt, my friend, enjoy a blessed Sunday, go rejoice in the birds that sing, their 1str tune of spring today luv xxx
  1. Date: 4/5/2014 9:27:00 PM

    in a world of such negativity. But you are a light, Drake! So thanks for sharing this beautiful poem. I really enjoyed reading. Sometimes feeling out of place can be a good feeling and that's how I really related to this poem. Being set apart is a gift and a blessing. Love your original style. Always, Laura
  1. Date: 4/5/2014 9:24:00 PM

    "Because nobody wants to see eye to eye" -I really like that line; it was very powerful for me. I also really like the lines "Ready/To step towards gratitude's breath"... Having gratitude is really a breath of fresh air and I loved how you crafted that. I think sometimes stepping back and looking at the bigger picture, and having a firm grasp of what's going on along with gratitude for what we have is important. That's what I got out of this anyway. Even those near and dear to us can lose heart-
  1. Date: 4/5/2014 8:02:00 PM

    Love this love this love this! I will write more soon! Always, Laura
  1. Date: 4/5/2014 2:34:00 PM

    Drake, the philosophy and deep wisdom penetrates the existence of each and every words of this dynamic piece. Your are truly an awesome writer indeed. Have a beautiful weekend. Hugs and love Gail
  1. Date: 4/5/2014 12:25:00 PM

    Oh dear, did I just hear somebody "ROAR"??? Oh wait, I think that was Katy Perry, or was it Simba ;)-- gosh now her song is playing in my head, mixed with Circle of Life, oh noooo >.O before I lose all train of thought-- this was really an enjoyable read, profound for me & so much can be gleaned from it-- lots of very nice lines with creative metaphors, and the last line, the bittersweetness of it all to wrap it up. I hope all is well with you, Drake!
  1. Date: 4/5/2014 11:35:00 AM

    Whoa.. This is an incredible write that lingers long after the poem has been read. A philosophical masterpiece with benefit within and outside the Soup. Thank you Drake!!
  1. Date: 4/5/2014 10:43:00 AM

    Your metaphors are awesome...I like the one about cataract laced speeches...
  1. Date: 4/5/2014 9:57:00 AM

    I like so much of this. Strong write and the lines break in great places. Windex kinda tossed me out, but there are so many good fave would be making love to the blinds. Just real poetry. Hope you are well. Cyndi
  1. Date: 4/5/2014 9:38:00 AM

    I often have this feeling of being on the outside looking in even when I am within the centre of what is going on. I do not regret this fact but rather relish it. I am provided a singular perspective and can move freely through my perceptions. I enjoyed this piece and will allow it to be absorbed into my philosophical membrane.
  1. Date: 4/5/2014 9:12:00 AM

    Now Drake this is totally awesome hon'! So many times in life people tend to be 'sheeple' just following whatever and whomever as they mosey along which in my eyes is no way to be at all. I myself quite enjoy being different and at times like to go a lil' beyond what others say or Great write sweet friend...Big hugs to you! :)
  1. Date: 4/5/2014 8:48:00 AM

    stunning Drake sometimes one has to stop being a sheep following the crowd great pen hugs
  1. Date: 4/5/2014 8:23:00 AM

    Been waiting patiently for another one of your introspective thoughts on paper. This is.. as always, awesome Drake. I love the way you have condoned what most people avoid--choosing to be an outsider. I wrote on this same theme-- "Black Sheep Drawback"-- one of my first poems.. in my first book I think. Xx~Xx
  1. Date: 4/5/2014 8:15:00 AM

    - None like the feeling of being: "On the outside, looking in" - Bravo my friend, Drake. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 4/5/2014 8:03:00 AM

    I miss you too. You are right, sometimes it is better to be the lion in the distance... love and hugs, Catie :)
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