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I poked the straw man 
He remained fixed, unmoved 

“There, I said, once again you ignored
me’. Then I felt tears flowing down   
to gently touch my tongue. 
Soon after he answered…
“Don’t you know by now your life is
destined to be what it is; why do you
expect more”? 


Because what? More struggle, more sadness,
more disappointment, more pain?”

No.  More answers, more meaning, more insight.

Why? Your mind can only absorb so much and
by some miracle you get what you want, then what?
Will you be happier, more content, more peaceful?

The straw man looked askew, more teary eyed, 
then turned over and lay silent .

CAK 6-2-2016

Copyright © Allan Koven | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 9/25/2016 1:00:00 AM

    Allen, I really enjoyed reading this poem but never the less its true, we think we know, but do we really know. LINDA
  1. Date: 9/20/2016 11:27:00 AM

    Yes! You think you know a lot, but as you get older you realize you don't know diddly squat. Straw man - great idea. Congrats, daver
  1. Date: 9/12/2016 5:13:00 PM

    Straw men are funny that way. Animated one moment, lifeless the next. Btw, you have an extra '"you " in line 4
  1. Date: 8/29/2016 11:31:00 PM

    Brilliant, your notes could have been my comments, my kinda poetry! :)