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What kind of Man

Updated on August 20, 2013
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What kind of man

how could he

where the heart

what soul

tragic impressionism

what kind of man

would coerce

manipulate

encourage

an innocent

tender sapling

fifteen year old

to take it

to do it

to use heroin

what kind of man

would poison

so young

a free spirit

convince to

dip into

the brown sugar

the addicts heaven

that consumed

an angel

and compelled him

to crawl under

the kitchen table

and experience

Hell

pouring through

his veins

what kind of man

could lay down

grinning

winking his eye

in approval

to the melting boy

weeping under

the empty cupboard

what kind of man

could do this

to his own son

I wonder

as I watch

my father

unfold his

leathery black wings

and enshroud me

as the drug

pulls me into darkness




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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Powerful and graphic.

      You done an incredible job of the imagery. You so skilfully portrayed the evil and the travesty of drugs.

      Awesome job.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Wow Wayne, this is the first hub I've read in 2 weeks and it couldn't have been a better way to dive back in! I've realized how much I missed your writing. This is tragically beautiful and I love where you went with it, through the eyes of a son! Love it!

      Up and all kinds of buttons and sharing too!

      Hugs,

      Cat

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Anna, thank you my Scottish lass.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Scary place Wayne--the inside of either head--

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Cat!!! I was starting to think you had disappeared. Ah, but we all need a break sometimes...and sometimes life forces us to take one whether we want to or not.

      Thank you very much as always for the wonderful compliments and the support.

      Wayne.

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      Jim Higgins 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      So powerful and so sad as well! This is a killer poem!

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      very powerful indeed .. who knows what evil lurks in the heart of men..! great poem .. Wayne.!

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Excellent insight into a human condition. thank you

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Great poetry, powerful and beautiful.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for the visit Audrey. I appreciate your comments.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Ed, it's really good to see you. Thank you sir, for the kind words.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Scary. I have no experience with heroine. I've never done it and don't know anyone who has. If this is what it does to a person, why do it? Awesome imagery, Wayne. This should be included in the "Just Say No" campaign.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Wayne; loved it and voted up.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Beautiful and painful. It's sad that some people do that, or something similarly bad, to their own kids.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana

      I hope this is not a glimpse into your own childhood?! That is a horrible thing for any kid/teenager to have to experience from their own father. A father should not subject any child to drugs. He doesnt know better or know the affects it will have on him, but trusts his father and takes it. People like that sicken me, its one thing to poison yourself, but don't bring your kids into it. Most 15 yr olds today already know all about drugs and probably have or will try some at least once, but heroin is one of the most deadly and most harmful, stay away from that mess.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Michael.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Nikki, I appreciate your comments. Unfortunately, this is a true story, (of course with an addition of some writers liberties, right?) But hey...if the shoe fits. And my father certainly is a monster...but one that I have overcome and put into his place. Karma is a mother-f....r!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      I thought it was fiction.

      I have even more respect for you for now.

      For overcoming this trauma, highlighting the evils of drug use so well and for bearing your soul. I honestly do salute you. You really are a very talented writer and an inspiration for those currently going through similiar situations.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Sir Martin.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      James, I appreciate the visit my friend.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Sha. I appreciate the compliment.

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      Vincent Moore 3 years ago

      Wayne my friend and fellow poet, I was stunned and shaken by your words, I felt the pain, what possessed a father to do such a thing? We will never know why the demons attacked us as lads, they just did! We were meant to be tormented, used without mercy, only to harden us and take us down roads we regret today. Some of us made it, cleaned up our souls and kept it together. I'm one of those survivors as well dear poet, I have forgiven, but never forgotten the Hell I went through as a child and young man. Look at us now! we made it scarred but alive. Well penned my friend, but again I felt every word.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      What a powerful poem, you did so well with the short line breaks, it makes the poem stop and start in a jolting fashion that helps make the content much more effecting. Jamie

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Torment, pain, tragic, sad. These are the words that comes to mind as I read this poem. The anguish is almost palpable, yet, so beautifully done!

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I close my eyes and shake my head.....to hide in fanatsy....deny such horror......I cannot believe, I won't believe, shatters my very soul......

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Wayne. I'm speechless as my heart bleeds for living such an experience for a child. Thank you for sharing and always demonstrating that you're a remarkable Phoenix if there ever was one.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Eddy.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for the visit Kathryn.

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      LaDena Campbell 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Powerful and sad... How can a father do this to his son??

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      Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana

      I am sorry to heart that, Wayne, it looks like you came out alright and your doing good for yourself now, our past helps make us who we are today, its how we overcome the bad experiences and obstacles in our lives, how we handle our past that determines if we will better ourselves or make the same mistakes over and over. Some people are just born into bad families and harsh environments, some dont always make it out. I am glad you find your way out of that situation.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Yes indeed, Vincent; look at us now! Life dealt us a pretty shitty hand, but we refused to let it define us in negativity. I am actually not ashamed of my past. I think that my path was laid out, and my journey on that path has been a challenge that has made me a stronger person. like you, I have my scars, but they have just given me a tougher hide; a tougher spirit. Let's continue to write...express, for we all have a story to tell.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you jhamann. I phrase my poetry this way many times, because I Like my thoughts to be written as they appear in my mind, and the mind is not always technically and grammatically correct. This is why I love free form poetry; extreme, passionate prose can be expressed by the writer, and the reader can feel it.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you tobusiness. I do appreciate the compliment.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      That's not a man!!! a real man won't do that to anyone , very nice imagery ;) thanks for sharing

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Paula, thank you dear. I appreciate the visit.

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      W1totalk 3 years ago

      This is strong. Great poem. I once knew a women who wanted to try heroin. It was crazy.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hi Dear Nellieanna. Reborn (Phoenix) is about right. Just imagine; because of my hardships as a youth, my life has taken on the elements of a dream come true. I remember fantasizing about having a better life and dreaming of accomplishing certain things. If you would have told me as a teen that one day I would play my music on stage in front of thousands; if you had told me that my art work would be displayed in galleries, and if you would have told me that I would become a published writer, I would have grinned ear to ear and floated away the happiest boy on Earth! And that's the key; I am happy! I am living a dream come true! So please; don't weep for me. Instead, take my hand and celebrate with me. I am in love, I am satisfied, I am comfortable, and I am alive ( and that in itself is another miracle...and another story for another day). Thank you Nelieanna for being a dear friend.

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      Those who take away the innocence of a young life can murder a soul. They often kill the dreams and aspirations that could inspire many other people. Glad you escaped a soul fatality.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hi LaDena. Thank you for the visit.

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      Rosemary Sadler 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I was going to just say 'a brilliantly worded poem' but after reading your responses here finding that this is true stuff... well I admire you and thank whoever helped you pull through and away from that life.

      Well done on all counts Wayne. You did good

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Wayne, I could and do see that you're a happy person now; that your life HAS arisen from ashes of those darker beginnings. I detect no pity-party or wallowing in that; - merely stating its facts.

      My tears aren't for you now and the life you've built out of those ashes, at all! It's remarkably and truly wonderful. Impossible to see all you've done with your talents & the tough flexibility you've gained from it, without being happy for you and yours.

      Still, though not a gloomy person, I just can't help but weep at the reminder & awareness that young kids are so often hurt and that too many are vitally hurt beyond arising. Such hurts can be of many kinds. THERE SHOULD BE NONE! Anyway, that's the reason I was touched by your account.

      Glad you're alive & survived. If there's to be more about that of your story to be shared, I look forward to reading it. You tell it with clarity & honesty which is surely an inspiration to many,- another of your talents & 'callings'.

      Thank you for being you!

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you LadyFiddler.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      W1totalk, I appreciate the visit.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Rochelle.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      Maybe he is not a man but Lucifer.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Rosemay. It's god to see you here.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Nellieanna, I agree. Not everyone is strong enough to pull themselves out, and it is a tragedy for any child to have to suffer. I can only hope and believe that my world will continue on it's track to becoming a better place for all.

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      John Kinney 3 years ago

      Very powerful and vivid. The honesty in your words is heartbreaking and to know that you have come through is inspirational. Voted up.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Vinaya, sometimes when he was in this state, he would say he was Lucifer. There are many devils; and I saw this one in his eyes many times.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you John. I appreciate the visit.

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      thost 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Sad, deep dark power here Wayne, well done my friend.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The power of both a parent and a drug. I could not imagine such a scene, but you painted it in such a way to never forget the evil in the hearts of some.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Tom, thank you my friend.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Deb.

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      One of the best I've read on the Hub yet.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I appreciate the compliment, Eric. Thank you.

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      Rob Welsh 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Betrayal takes so many forms

      So many lives, so many souls...

      I trust many of us have beaten it's pain and negative effects with the pure, blatant honesty to be found within our poetry. May yours continue to be a worthy example of the human spirit... thank you for your talent... PD

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      PD, I truly appreciate the compliment.

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