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Knowing Responsibility

Updated on January 2, 2011

Hear me friends who think me brash...

I speak of beauty as much as ash...

feeling things that cant be spoken

least your eyes and ears be broken

as much as hearts that would bleed

souls that would burn with need

but being not fed at all

wishing me to not make you appalled.

Should I yield to your suggestion?

save you from some indigestion

keep you safe from the demons I know

and speak only of heaven where you long to go?

Should I pretend to be a stranger

or maybe even seem to you a shape changer?

to fit a shape you understand

sharing only heavenly things planned

I can't stomach it, I've had enough,

I can't write such hypocrisy or bluff

leaving you with a taste that is sweet

when that isn't where I've placed my feet

I did what I had to

I only rue

that I'm not understood for all of that

in verse one might smell dead rat

the ones I have chased and battled throughout life

I smell of blood and strife

I mean no harm now

I can't bathe as some and not smell like cow

I can only warn and disabuse

teach some how to avoid the sewers

places I know from my hunting days

shine a different type of sun's rays

explain where I am from

bidding you not to come

It seems my purpose in life right now.


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    • Jaggedfrost profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Then you will ever enjoy but not understand and if that works for you then thats fine by me. I enjoy that you enjoy though.

    • Dave Mathews profile image

      Dave Mathews 

      7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      A beautiful poem. I look not for the deeper meaning of the writing, just seek the simplicity and beauty of what is written and the writer.

    • Jaggedfrost profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      I am glad it connected to you, welcome to hubpages. Enjoy.

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      Pranjal Sharma 

      7 years ago

      sooo well written... it was a random pick by me too... and it connected to me alot... I am joining Hubpages right away!! :)

      Thank you :)

    • Jaggedfrost profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      lol well you are in luck I think lol, this is my first public publishing of a poem with rhyming couplets. You are welcome and there is a wide variety available via a link on my profile. Enjoy.

    • hillrider profile image


      7 years ago from Mid-west United States

      Came to see your work and this was my first random pick. I enjoy the determination that emanates here and the lack of apology for the same. Going to see a few more...

    • Jaggedfrost profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      lol don't say that too loud or someone will ask you why :-) Thank you for stopping by.

    • twolittlehands profile image


      7 years ago from Utah

      You did what you had to do. What more can anyone expect? If they knew, they would probably thank you.

      Thank you for being true to yourself and your commitments.

      We would all do well to follow suit.

    • Jaggedfrost profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      I am used to people not understanding but I keep trying. I am grateful that you empathize. I can only hope others can as well. This was in response to a comment made concerning my poem about the Night Usher. In a way you are right. People expect certain things of philosophers, poets, religionists and theologists. I fit none of those molds and though I don't wish to offend in my obstinate individualism, if I must then I must. I don't have to like it.

    • embee77 profile image


      7 years ago

      JF - Are you torn between what people expect of you and what you truly are? This poem is so real to me. I can feel your struggle. I think "bidding you not to come" could end up in a lot of people failing to understand "differences." I embrace your "different type of sun's rays" and encourage you to continue sharing them. Thank you, and God bless you for your expressiveness.


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