A Poor Battered Man

Edwin Tanguma 1966 (CA)



A Poor Battered Man
#20
The other day I met a man
Who had been in a vicious fight
He told me he had been walking
Alone down an alley one night

When out jumped a group of gangsters
Who were just itching for a fight
He told them he had no money
You see he was not all that bright

They thought that he must be lying
Just by the way with which he dressed
So they began to pummel him
Within an inch of his last breath

And they found that he was truthful
Even unto the very end
He had two cents in his pocket
And not even one single friend

You see because of a woman
Heal come to the end of the line
Because that woman was his wife
Who did not know how to tell time

P.s.Now he’s only half the person
That he was before this happened

Edwin Tanguma   07/15/2002

About this poem

Is it true grey is a color between black and white??? Why should it matter???Another one from the dark years…

Font size:
Collection  PDF     
 

Written on July 15, 2002

Submitted by EdwinRayTanguma on December 01, 2023

Modified by EdwinRayTanguma on December 01, 2023

50 sec read
5

Quick analysis:

Scheme AXABCB XBXB CXXX XDXD EXXX EX X
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 764
Words 168
Stanzas 7
Stanza Lengths 6, 4, 4, 4, 4, 2, 1

Discuss the poem "A Poor Battered Man" with the community...

0 Comments

    Translation

    Find a translation for this poem in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this poem to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "A Poor Battered Man" Poetry.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 27 Feb. 2024. <https://www.poetry.com/poem/174717/a-poor-battered-man>.

    Become a member!

    Join our community of poets and poetry lovers to share your work and offer feedback and encouragement to writers all over the world!

    February 2024

    Poetry Contest

    Join our monthly contest for an opportunity to win cash prizes and attain global acclaim for your talent.
    2
    days
    22
    hours
    36
    minutes

    Browse Poetry.com

    Quiz

    Are you a poetry master?

    »
    Who wrote the poem ״Invictus״?
    • A. Sylvia Plath
    • B. Oscar Wilde
    • C. Thomas Hardy
    • D. William Ernest Henley