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Vacant Eyes

You've seen that look before, so many times that you lost count It's the look of hopelessness, the look of despair Vacant eyes that no longer care Who let the emptiness in, who stole their zest for life Who squeezed the vitality out, who removed their heart with a cold butcher's knife Was this travesty done swift and surgically, or perhaps it happened incrementally Bit by bit, drip by drip Everything they every cared about got clean ripped from their hands Maybe they lost their kids on a drunk driving holiday Maybe lost the spouse, when forgiving them was too hard a thing to pray Maybe lost the house after losing the job Whatever the reasons, former associates and friends shun them now, because maybe they think that they're cursed with plain bad luck Maybe having no family to speak of, got them thinking life sucks Down on their luck right now would be a kind thing to say But in their heart they know better, for every sin committed, there's a pound of flesh to pay So they wander around lifelessly with that vacant look in their eye Just wasting the time away until the day they die

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016

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Date: 12/4/2016 2:54:00 PM
Such realism written in a clear message that rips into the heart.. Truth about the dark of this world in which mankind sings in tune.. A7 and a fav, a very special fav -for it strikes me deeply..
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Date: 12/4/2016 12:25:00 AM
Sad and powerfully truthful, RW. Let's be careful out there.
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Date: 12/3/2016 7:50:00 PM
Very moving. These people need love not judgement. A well deserved 7 my friend.
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Date: 12/3/2016 5:37:00 PM
Hi Freddie, You have penned such a thought provoking write. As you so skillfully wrote many things can cause one to have "vacant eyes". Whatever the case is it's sad state to be in. Well done. A without a doubt seven:-) Alexis
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