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The Man Who Did Nothing At All (poem)

Updated on August 26, 2014

I listened to him

Holding his hand

As the hours passed to his tears

And he closed his eyes for the last time

The man who did nothing at all


How is it likely

How could it happen

To have lived one’s whole life

Just to endure such meaningless pain

The man who did nothing at all


I searched for clues

Something left hidden

Scouring places and traces

For something which never existed

The man who did nothing at all


I called on my friends

Life to explore

Who called upon others

To lighten this growing shadow

The man who did nothing at all


I listened to them

Holding to hope

Behind every friendly smile

Laid bitterness of the sad truth

The man who did nothing at all


So we laid a plan

A special event

Where we feasted with memories

Then raised our glasses and toasted

The man who did nothing at all


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wonderful and bittersweet at least friends will remember.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Sad indeed. Another masterpiece you have here, Martin.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Just a sad sad story. However he must of been a friend lest no one would have held his hand or been there at the end.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Interesting and bittersweet. I agree with Shauna!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      At least his life was celebrated by those who did something for the man who did nothing at all.