Man from a distance ...............Poetry

Did you somehow think that he
had a choice
or for all the empty words out there
that he had a voice

He stands at the back of most rooms
viewing it all from a distance
that's just the way he is
a token of kind resistance

His daughters laugh as if they were touched
by the flowers they grow
and his sons run the same paths he
did and where they don't know

Look at the marriage and the woman
in the end he owns neither
her soul if even her heart
does he know either

At night he stares at walls at the blankets
at the ceiling and hark
none of it is his
he only owns the dark

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Note ;
I know many men like this by nature , in the end , the labor , the empty paychecks , the broken dreams and even distant families , he really doesn't know or understand any of it , he just goes through the motions.


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Ericdierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

A wonderful contemplative piece. Sometimes I wonder if I am a part of or apart.


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DDE 7 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I like the photo! Hard labor and energy for a great days work.


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fpherj48 7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Ed...Hello. Your poems are all wonderful. I happened to notice something you wrote online here & now I can't find it so forgive me for coming here to ask you something.

You mentioned "unpublishing" your hubs. That is not at all the same as "deleting," right? So anyone wanting to "move" hubs to another site, must start with first unpublishing? Is it a seriously difficult procedure from start to finish?

I'll be most grateful for your reply, Ed. Thank you


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ahorseback 7 months ago Author

fpherj48, Yes , I have begun to un-publish my poetry and short stories , first , to involve them in ANY kind of self or otherwise different publishing sight . That is , if you want to self publish , alternate sight publish , or book publish , you must first un-publish from Hub Pages . I really hated to do this , as HubPages was my first and my favorite place and the best people have been here ! As with you . I don't know that my writing is worthy of better places .......$ .......or not , but there it is for you , An answer. Thank you for all your interest !


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fpherj48 7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Thanks ED....Is your plan to leave here entirely?? :( or just move certain hubs? Love ya.


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ahorseback 7 months ago Author

Eric , we are either ! Yet which we end up as - so we choose ! If it's inclusive so be it ! If it is what we are so naturally born to - alone ?: okay , But it has to be what we WANT in the end! Where are you then my perfect friend , are you as involved in all that is around you as so you chose , I think so ! You are such a driving force of humility , friendship and all out love . You are a leader !.............:-}


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ahorseback 7 months ago Author

fpherj48, I lost the best connection from Hubs that we had when I first began writing . We [ all of us ] were so close it seemed ! Now it seems there's less response , less connections from all . What has happened to Hub Pages ? Do you understand it ?


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Jodah 7 months ago from Queensland Australia

There is so much feeling running through this poem, Ed. Even though things didn't work out (you know where) for you I still want to follow your work as I think you are a great writer. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas

I think this poem is fantastic, as are all of yours.

Ed, if you go to a new site, I would love to know where you go to.

This site. . .people are still close. I try not to waste my time interacting with people solely looking to cause trouble. Remember that saying. . . if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all? It is a matter of perspective. If you look for the bad or even interact with it too much, you will be affected by it somehow. I would rather keep my inner peace. And if I feel the need to defend myself or someone else, I try not to drop to the instigator's level when doing so. (I said try. LOL) But I just don't feel the need to prove myself to people who don't know me. They will think what they want to regardless. Anyway. . . my unasked for two cents. I just get tired of watching people I respect treat one another unkindly. Sometimes even well meaning people take things a little too far and it does walk a fine line between defense and bullying, especially when others join in to defend . I'd rather lift people up and let those alone who don't want to play nice with me.


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jhamann 7 months ago from Reno NV

This hit close to home and was a necessary read for my soul. Thank you. Jamie


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ahorseback 7 months ago Author

Jodah , Thank you kind sir ! I appreciate that , we have no choice as writers but to write do we !


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ahorseback 7 months ago Author

Shan , I'm staying right here for now , but I've been un-publishing some of my hubs , I think I'm just over numbered on hubs , my score had dropped steadily , I have far too many in drafts and I believe that that partially determines one's score . At this pint I'm simply adjusting and editing my hubs . I am also trying to stay out of the forums here , its just plain silly to argue for anything .Your theory is a honorable one , keep it up and I'm with you girl !..........:-}


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ahorseback 7 months ago Author

jhamann, Thank you for that , it means a lot !


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fpherj48 7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I really do think I understand some of the most serious issues that is prompting our BEST people & closest bonds to leave here....but my opinion is long & complex, plus I wouldn't say here in your comment section.

I'm glad you told Shannon you're not going anywhere just yet!

and BTW, Shannon....My precious & very very funny Dad had his own rendition of every adage known to man. He sued to say, "Now look here, if you don't have anything nice to say about someone......you might have a point.".....In fact, he had 2 for this one!! "If you don't have anything nice to say about someone....you must know more than us!" ..........LMAO!!


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ahorseback 7 months ago Author

DDE , hey girl , I took that photo in Montana at a ranch , it was raining so we didn't ride that morning , I have been to this ranch twice for a week at a time - horseback riding each day . The views there are incredible and I always feel like I'm going back in time ! Thank you for that !


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ahorseback 7 months ago Author

fpherj48, Recently some people started a new writing sight for creative writers of short stories and poets , rightfully so , feeling that Hubpages has dropped any interest in promoting them and us They are very good writers and deserve the best and will do very well . I have found that writing is something in my blood and cannot be stopped or even dampened . I don't really care about hub-scores so , so much for being 100 !lol. I'll stay here and bug you for awhile ! And I love dad's sayings .


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas

Paula, you crack me up! Mostly because sometimes that's true! But for me, it's just often not worth my effort to waste my breath. Hahaha. You saw me laugh at someone instead. Much more satisfying at times.


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fpherj48 7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Yes.... I heard about the new writing site...Jodah's involved, right? I wish them much success. You may decide to join in the future. Till then I'm glad you're staying here to bug us. LOL

My Dad had a million of them!!


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas

Paula, you crack me up! Especially since there's often so much truth to that version!


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ahorseback 7 months ago Author

Ladies , you guys would probably enjoy Creative Exiles , they want talented poets and story writers . The hold a much higher standard than hub pages for quality , content and grammar . Jodah is involved as many are . They are awesome .


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas

I didn't mean to comment twice. You can erase one. LOL. I've heard of that site. I think Jackie told me about it, but I haven't had much time to investigate. Plus, I am a terrible procrastinator sometimes. ;)


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ahorseback 7 months ago Author

Shan , Creative Exiles is going to be an awesome sight for poets and creative writers , you should apply there . You writing style would be very welcome . I am busy enough here or elsewhere too . Perhaps in the future !

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