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What happened to Joe

He sits upon the edge of tomorrow, lost in his little world full of sorrow. Sands of time have no patience for his pain, bemused and confused he can't feel the rain. You ask, but his excuses feel so lame, so it's no surprise he's forgotten your name. He buries his heart behind a steel shield, cares not if you're still hurting or have healed. He craves to sit in chapel like silence, as church bells alarm his mind with violence. Voices torment, where did it all go wrong? His guitar rebels, cares not for his last song. Doctors don’t know how to save this John Doe.  A once kind man, his friends called Smiley Joe.
Silent One 16 October 2019

Copyright © Silent One | Year Posted 2019


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  1. Date: 10/19/2019 12:33:00 AM

    It's hard to know where it begins, but it's a difficult downward spiral to depart from if you won't speak. Very difficult to maintain a status quo. Better to reach for a hand to hold...Very moving piece, Silent One.
  1. Date: 10/18/2019 12:41:00 PM

    Hello Silent One, it looks like Joe had a rough life. no one knows how or when it began. Have a nice day my friend.
  1. Date: 10/18/2019 10:55:00 AM

    Hi Silent, this is an exceptional sonnet from your golden pen. There are so many like this my friend. I can relate so very well to this write. hrough the internet and through my poetry, I try to come out of my silence and relate to people. This is a touching write my friend. It is most worthy of the Fav I give it. have a wonderful Friday. Your friend always....Mike.
  1. Date: 10/18/2019 6:29:00 AM

    He craves to sit in chapel like silence, sometimes life hurts us so bad that is all we have the strength to do. Well written piece of pain, praying for Gods rain upon him. xo
  1. Date: 10/17/2019 9:47:00 PM

    Touching. Whenever I see someone in despair I wonder what kind of person they once were and what led them to their hopelessness. I love how you captured his deep emotions, and with a punch at the end, you mention who people had once known him as.
  1. Date: 10/17/2019 7:52:00 AM

    Sad but beautifully written:-) x
  1. Date: 10/16/2019 4:22:00 PM

    Hi Silent, It is so sad how life can start out good and then take a turn for the worst. This is clever and well written . Your poem causes me to sit and wonder/ ponder how many hospital beds, occupy a person with a similar story as the John For that wrote about? Excellent write my friend. Enjoy the rest of your evening:-) Alexis
  1. Date: 10/16/2019 4:02:00 PM

    Beautiful my friend :-)
  1. Date: 10/16/2019 3:49:00 PM

    This poem is so clever, yet sad. I like how you express poor Joe’s plight...maybe the picture inspired this? Always a joy to read your work, Silent! :)
  1. Date: 10/16/2019 3:45:00 PM

    Where oh where at the crossroads did poor Joe make a wrong turn!
  1. Date: 10/16/2019 11:11:00 AM

    And probably he's still kind...Only the master Potter can reshape this John Doe... Nice write SO
  1. Date: 10/16/2019 11:08:00 AM

    You have really captured the image of the outside *smiling* inside *crying* individual so aptly.. Sad piece, yet reality for many
  1. Date: 10/16/2019 9:46:00 AM

    great sonnet, on a very poignant sad to see just a shell of someone we used to know...made me think of a faraway friend of mine, her husband was in a motorcycle wreck, lucky to be alive, yet doesn't recall his wife or children...they once were so close and she said it's like loving a stranger... good write my friend ... hugs
  1. Date: 10/16/2019 7:39:00 AM

    A well written tragic sonnet S.O., Trapped in his own world and something you often hear about. Tom
  1. Date: 10/16/2019 7:10:00 AM

    Excellent sonnet. You always write such profound words... bless you always and love to you, Gina
  1. Date: 10/16/2019 6:49:00 AM

    The power of your words brings many emotions, what a gift!!
  1. Date: 10/16/2019 5:20:00 AM

    He hurts within--so does his family and the community at sad..apt notes on music video, Silent One. Excellent write to highlight this common problem.
  1. Date: 10/16/2019 4:03:00 AM

    A wonderful write Silent One, the poem depicts the picture so well. What hides behind someone's demeanour, who can tell. ~ Beryl
  1. Date: 10/16/2019 3:31:00 AM

    Unfortunately loss of memory is the worst scourge of this century. Ably depicted sonnet.
  1. Date: 10/16/2019 3:02:00 AM

    theres a lot of smiley joes out their that will relate to this excellent sonnet..a fav for me nicely penned Silent One :)