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A Voice In The Wilderness

Suitcase in hand, a face polarized against
the frosted window pane, searching verily
for continuity of a life that knew no restraint.
Someone’s Grandfather a considerate Uncle,
life’s situation upon the wane, a link within
the prejudicial chain of forfeited souls. 
One’s transitions ablaze in the haze, an index
to summarize each hiatus gaze, grappling to come
to terms with this enforced deed of human kindness.
Guided by caring hands, assembled around the room
each demising chair, filled tidily with expressions 
of doom and gloom, here where silence specifies
many words, and lifelong sentiment never heard. Yet
I see an old man in remembrance of his youth — 
worth listening to if allowed to speak!

 © Harry J Horsman 2019


Entered into Pick a Line any Line contest
Sponsor Richard Lamoureux
His Line 'Worth listening to if allowed to speak' From Broken Promise.
My Line 'I see an old man in remembrance of his youth' from, Night watchman
This poem Written 7/10/2019

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 12/19/2019 6:28:00 AM
Seniority has many advantages. While it may be considered the privilege of youth to find their own dead ends, communion and communication between generations is one of the ways forward. Merry Christmas, Kai
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Date: 12/8/2019 10:36:00 PM
Resonates! Hence almost 400 clicks, Sir Harry, who is living a GOOD life, if I say so meself. Shalom, shalom and Season's Blessings. Anil Deo
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Date: 12/6/2019 5:05:00 PM
A voice in the wilderness - breaking tbe silence with a loud statement that cannot be ignored...You have so much to give, Harry- All that precious wisdom needs to be heard. I will visit your poems more often. (I went through a quiet spell for a while..) Warmest regards ~~Aqua M~~
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Date: 11/7/2019 1:01:00 PM
This poem is really excellent Harry. I hope to see it a top winner. xxoo
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Date: 11/4/2019 2:30:00 PM
Good one Harry. The elderly have much to teach us, yet who is willing to sit and listen?
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Date: 11/2/2019 9:39:00 AM
Great poetry my friend. Very profound verses that speak of a sad reality in life. You nailed it with this gem.... A fav... " AS OLD MAN WOKE, EMPTY ROOM SPOKE* SILENCE CRIED, YOU HAVE YET TO DIE* MORTAL FLESH IS YOUR CHAFFING YOKE* DEEPEST REGRET YOUR FALLEN CRY!* This came to me because of your poem, I will use it to write a poem today- thanks!
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Date: 10/30/2019 2:56:00 PM
Glad I found this, found the words and sounds took me right into the room. Could feel the people in the room. Could feel him. Great poem.
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Date: 10/27/2019 6:31:00 PM
Very poetic and reflective piece. I feel like it is I who is there...
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Date: 10/24/2019 10:39:00 PM
G'day Harry … this work is so good Harry. A friend and I over time spent time asking questions and listening to these elders. My friend taped their conversations and wrote a book using twenty or so old drovers etc. from the Top End and outback. We can't afford to lose their disappearing history - thank you Harry - Lindsay
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Date: 10/24/2019 10:07:00 AM
Samuel Johnson said that to have a good life one should realize when young that he or she will eventually be old. And when old one must remember that he or she was once young. You spell this out well in your poem! Peace & Blessings Matthew Anish
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Date: 10/22/2019 8:20:00 AM
I enjoyed giving this one another read. It appears I have excellent taste in poetry. Thanks for your visit Harry.
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Date: 10/19/2019 1:41:00 PM
back with more congrats for your deserved win in Richard's contest.
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Date: 10/18/2019 3:39:00 PM
"here where silence specifies many words, and lifelong sentiment never heard." I like this...Wonderful write...
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Date: 10/16/2019 12:46:00 PM
Harry, this is both powerful and brilliant. You describe a scene that is being replicated around the world on a daily basis. A belated congratulations on Poem of the Day! ~Mark
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Date: 10/14/2019 11:33:00 AM
Where is your bird lady poem again, Harry? If you enter it, be sure it fits Dear Heart's guidelines. I hope to see it on the winner list!!
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Date: 10/13/2019 1:38:00 PM
Excellent choice for potd.. Congrats.
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Date: 10/12/2019 12:51:00 PM
We have a treasure to impart if only the would listen and adhere, very well shared dear Harry.
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Date: 10/12/2019 9:33:00 AM
Oh Harry, what a "to the heart" poem you've penned here...congrats on your POTD.
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Date: 10/12/2019 3:11:00 AM
When visiting places, the poet takes mental snapshots of their surroundings. This is a picture that the reader gets to stroll down the corridors along with the photographer. I damn near can see faces of the nurses caring for these angels. AMAZINGLY DONE, and rewarded the way it should be. CONGRATULATIONS!
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Date: 10/12/2019 3:12:00 AM
Not mentioning the hospital or hospice is ingenious.
Date: 10/11/2019 1:26:00 PM
Congrats on your POTD, Harry. Well penned.
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Date: 10/11/2019 10:12:00 AM
CONGRATS on POTD, well-deserved, Harry. Janice
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Date: 10/11/2019 4:07:00 AM
I cannot believe this is your first POTD you are an amazing poet xx
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Date: 10/10/2019 11:26:00 PM
Congrats on your top placement in my contest. Great poetry Harry.
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Date: 10/10/2019 7:41:00 PM
this resonates with so much humanity, Harry. I also see you got POTD. A hearty congratulations, my friend.
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Date: 10/10/2019 4:22:00 PM
Congratulations for your top win Harry :)
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