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Read Poems by Gordon Joe Orton Kyle Ralston

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park bench

And it feels like the world's dying
But only for me on the inside
And this is like a butterfly in a storm
Such beauty swept and blown away
The smiles of the people pertrude in the dark
The faces aren't seen and the grins aren't real
Lightheaded but my body keeps sinking lower
lungs dried up from all the coughing
people walk past and see cigars in my hand
drunken eyes are shown the way by simple lies
No matter what skin is shed or what hair is cut away
I still smell you taste you breath you but can't see you
Sit on a bench I let the cold sink in my bones
Numbness has already filled me I wonder if it shows?
Two more drags then the embers are stomped away
I try to include my worries and pains in the minute blaze
Another day a painting I've brushed on my face for them to see
Another day I think it's easier for it to just fade away

Copyright © Gordon Joe Orton Kyle Ralston | Year Posted 2011


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  1. Date: 9/9/2015 3:16:00 PM

    GORDON, thank you for sharing. A pleasure to read... SKAT
  1. Date: 1/1/2013 2:34:00 PM

    Joe , making an appearance on the soup today. Only 2 wish you this coming year to be a glorious one in which rewards all your future poetry with success. I love the time I took out of the first day of the year. 1-1-2013* :-) Just to wish you the best of 2013. Take care my dear poet friend. PD
  1. Date: 11/22/2012 4:14:00 PM

    All life ..I guess is an addiction of one sort or the other smoking takes a horrid toll, I lost a dear one to it. Light & Love
  1. Date: 4/19/2012 10:18:00 AM

    Desolation... Wonderful poem... Terry
  1. Date: 11/1/2011 4:01:00 PM

    A very heartfelt read. A lot of emotions pour off the page as I read you. Captivating!
  1. Date: 9/21/2011 8:15:00 AM

    Congratulations on your featured poem this week Gordon. Love, Carol
  1. Date: 8/28/2011 8:43:00 PM

    I completely agree.. -Leigh Anne
  1. Date: 7/31/2011 12:56:00 PM

    powerful piece, well penned
  1. Date: 7/31/2011 12:53:00 PM

    good poem, captures what we care not to know, love it top write