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The Last Poet

Updated on August 11, 2013
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Waxing poetic on dead streets

and wind bleached bones

he hails the resurgence

of man’s wild nature

while wading through carcasses

of dead cell phones

scattering

clattering

past a hyena

resting in the shade

of half a sky-scraper.

The poet whistles

wanting the beast

for companionship

but he only raises his snout

and laughs in echoing yips

his mirth fading like ships

in a mist of elsewhere

so the crier

straightens his gun belt

the leather creaking

like a dying tree limb

and from his holster

he draws his pencil

and prints his muse

onto hallucination

his minds imagination

as he calls into emptiness

Is there anybody out there?

Alas, any other soul?”

But the only answer

is the laughter

of the beast

colliding with

the pleas

of the poet

and falling silent

like a tree in the forest



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    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hi Audrey.I'm still around, just been ultra busy. Too much to do and not enough time to do it!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Really well done Wayne--miss reading you here--are you somewhere ??

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Harish.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      wayne, wonderful words and fantastic imagery ! I loved going through this very unique and charming poem. Voted up.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Tom, thanks for the visit my friend.

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      thost 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      The last man in town, and he's got a gun. Who does shoot the hyena or himself? Nice work Wayne.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Deb

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Oh, yes. Reminds me a bit of Escape from New York, but with animals as the characters.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Rasma.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Alur.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, yes, Wayne. But perhaps 'man' represents the genera 'poet' so that there may be at least a contemporaneous coterie of 'the last' of them to share in the affliction of isolation and to salvage what is worthwhile and dispel the loneliness.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      A creatively fascinating poetic journey. Enjoyed.

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      ALUR 

      5 years ago from USA

      Love this, creative and the use of words plays into the mind and soul. Alas, we are all poets and striving to be heard. The hyena is the clever antagonist that will alway stand in the way-never entrust those that are not worthy as your partners in life!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Dotti, so good to see you. I appreciate the compliment and the support.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you dear Nellieanna. I would hope that it would not be me that was the last man standing. Loneliness is a horrible affliction.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Audrey (vocalcoach) what a great compliment you give me. To inspire and to be memorable are what it's all about! Thank you very much.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Its very nice to see you Audrey. Thank you so much for the compliment and the share.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Rick you are the first to make the tree in the forest connection. At least the first to mention it. Thank you for the feedback.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you silent read.

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      D.Juris Stetser 

      5 years ago from South Dakota

      Stark and unsettling to say the least, but also so very

      intriguing we can't Not follow you to the very end. What imagery and atmosphere you've created in this

      shattered world we Want to think of as in some other universe...but our goosebumps remind us we know better..

      Voted up, awesome beautiful, and shared....

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Madness? If madness is seeing clearly, then, perhaps so. . . .

      This resounds with echoes of the ongoing rampant dehumanization which, in your vision, may leave but the lone poet, perhaps the last whole human, to tell the tale, standing amidst the electronic rubble created, then destroyed by its own inevitability, a legacy of dependence leaving humanity helpless in its wake. I's a gloomy, but not too unlikely scenario. As daVinci and Jules Verne foresaw progress, you've glimpsed its undoing, my friend. Magnificent poetry, in any case.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Your poetry absolutely "pulls me in" as I read each line. Your imagery inspires me to try harder with my own poetry. You have an enormous gift Wayne. ~ Audrey

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Such an interesting piece Wayne--another way of looking at the question of what is the written word worth when no one sees it--

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Martin, what a great compliment.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Michael

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Frank, thank you so much.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Romeo, great analogy. Good to see you my friend.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Anna.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Vincent, i hope that head is feeling the cool summer breeze! : )

      Thank you my friend for the generous compliment. It's a pleasure to have you popping in on your old stomping ground to visit my madness.

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      Poetic Fool 

      5 years ago

      Very interesting piece, Wayne. You've used some intriguing imagery that could be fodder for great discussions over coffee (or a beer). Loved the ending with the tree falling with no one to hear question, if no one is there to hear the poet does he make a sound ... Well done, Wayne!

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      SilentReed 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      A prophet indeed. If Armageddon brings about the end of days, and the last man standing was a poet name Wayne Barrett, that would not only be prophetic but also poetic irony.:)

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      My friend, if you only knew. You are a prophet.

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      cleaner3 

      5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      wow ..loved this gem..Wayne .great hub...great poem .!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      wow this was actually draining but in a good way.. eerie and written just right :)

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you mylinda

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      manatita, thank you my friend.

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      Romeos Quill 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      A great, descriptive, dystopic verse Wayne...the mood you set is reminiscent a little of Planet of the Apes, and the Omega Man.Sharing.

      Best Wishes,

      R.Q.

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      Anna Haven 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      Poetic, interesting and dark overtones. Great imagery.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      If I remind you of anything Stephen King, then that is the best compliment you could give me. Thank you Sha.

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      Vincent Moore 

      5 years ago

      You have the imagination of a Poet and the heart of an artist, both the same in many ways. Painting pictures and scenes like this one of a decaying world, filtered buildings half standing, cars and trucks piled up like rubble and empty of power. Shall we say that a poet will be the last man/woman standing to draw upon their words and scribe the doomsday event that ended with the Apocalypse while the lions sleep at night and the hyena's yip all day, wondering where all the lions went. The poet keeps walking stepping over carcasses of dead cell phones. oh how fitting, the last text message. The End....

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      mylindaelliott 

      5 years ago from Louisiana

      Very very nice. I wonder at the carcasses of dead cell phones. Someday we will see.

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      manatita44 

      5 years ago

      Excellent poetry. Well done.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Wayne, this reminds me of Stephen King's "The Stand" but in a more obscure way. Very deep thoughts you've brought forth here. Too often the life of a poet (and writer) is lonely and you feel isolated from the rest of the world. I can relate to this, my friend.

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