the raggerty man

see the old raggarty man
 kicking an old rusty tin can
 as he walks down the street
 with a very unsteady beat
 he's going down to the park
 so he can hide in the dark
 away from the society's eye
 of cold stares as they go by
 their voices torment his mind
 and what is said is not kind
 it's not his fault being there
 as life for him was not very fair
 his wife had no love for him
 said i'm leaving you, sonny jim
 everything he owned, she took
 even his favorite comic book
 she'd planned from the start
 to break his loving caring heart
 stole his hard earned money
 as she pretended to be his honey
 then she ran of with his brother
 that really hurt his poor mother
 he lost his job and his house
 and now he eats like a mouse
 see how pale he looks today
 on this cold and windy may
 he has had three strokes now
 and survived i do not know how
 his speech is slurred and loud
 amongst the cigarette smoke cloud
 people yell, hoot and laugh
 at him they say,... take a bath
 his family sees him as a loser
 who say he's always at the boozer
 they closed their doors in his face
 thinking he's just a big disgrace
 but he doesn't care what is said
 as he goes to the park for bed
 away from the eyes of the folk
 who just thinks he's just a joke
 he will dream of a place of bliss
 as the night air gives him a kiss
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Submitted on July 03, 2013

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
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Mick Reid

I like to write all sorts of themes in my poetry. i mainly use rhyming poetry, some from personal experiences and some from characters i develop in my mind. i can be very strong with emotional use in my poetry. some have little twists, real life situations, humor and of course love, sadness, ect. more…

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