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Poem: No More A Black Sheep

Updated on July 17, 2014

The Black Sheep.

It's raining now my shoulders wet, my T shirt cold across my chest.

It's 3am and It's so dark, no sunshine rising with the lark.

As I stand from this park bench a rush of pain kicks at my head,

fall to the left or fall to the right, I hit the ground I cannot fight.


How did I get into this state, off to my right I see a gate

I must get through it into the light, I need help now I cannot fight.


My fathers door was closed to me, my mothers tears how can this be?

A fool to drink a gambling man, I broke their hearts though not by plan.

In the dead of night my money gone I'd stumble home, a wretched son.

Both awake though speaking not, listening out watching the clock.

They dread the sound of my key in the door, will I stumble to the floor?

Into the house and into the light, I fall to my left, I cannot fight.


My father cried 'of this no more we lie afraid, be out the door'

I'm walking now I'm through the gate, the big man small, I weep, I wait.

Back to dads door, mams door, my door, I knock and now it's morning.

I vow to myself I'll stop today, let me in my soul is calling.

Slowly it opens two faces in tears, I beg their forgiveness for the pain for the years.

Their arms are around me, I've promised you see, no longer a wretch nor a black sheep I'll be.


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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Mary. Thanks for you visit and welcome comments. Yes parental love shows no bounds to most of us. Thank you for your votes I do appreciate them.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Audrey. Thanks for your welcome visit and comments. I am glad you liked this one, it isn't personal but I am glad it came across well. Thanks again.

      Graham.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Beautiful! No matter how many times we hurt our parents, they love us and will always take us back. This is a beautiful reminder of that.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Really a nice write! So very personal--or so it feels to the reader anyway--take care--

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Suzanne. Thanks for your visit. I appreciate your valued comments and vote.

      Graham.

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      A good poem and your rhyming is well done. Voted interesting!

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Cynthia. Thank you for your visit and comments. Thanks also for the vote. Yes life can be so difficult for so many of us.

      Graham.

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Love this poem, Graham... you're a brave man to revisit that shame, but of course, there's joy in the morning that makes it worthwhile! Voted up and beautiful! ~Cynthia

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Patricia. Thank you for your welcome visit and comments. I was also blessed with loving parents. I have also been the same with my own daughter. Thank you for the share, I appreciate it.

      Graham.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      The love of some parents is withheld when the going gets tough for a young one. Thankfully that is not always the case. I was blessed to have parents who helped me through the times when I made decisions in haste or on a whim and that were destructive. So thankful for their love and assurance and that I learned quickly.

      I can feel the pain in this epistle but also the hope. Well done....shared ++++

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi shanmarie. Thank you for your visit and welcome comments.

      Graham.

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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      Very heart wrenching, yet heartwarming at the same time.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Rajan. Thank you for your welcome visit and comments. Yes the love of a parent for a child is unconditional.

      Graham.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very touching poem Graham. A parent's love for a child is without any conditions and they are always ready to forgive and forget.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Eddy. Thank you for your visit and comments. I felt you had made changes recently as you have not been with us as much as usual. Then I noticed your new image so went to and found your new profile. Well done on 'breaking out' I'm going over to Facebook now.

      Graham.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      That really was heart rending Graham and well done as always. Here's to so many more for us both to share on here and lots of love from Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Jamie. Thanks for your visit and comment. Keep smilin'

      Graham.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Great Poetry Graham. Jamie

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Jo. Thank you for your visit and comments. Yes life can be cruel and bittersweet.

      Graham.

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

      This poem is impressive! A highly affecting account of pain, regrets, forgiveness and unconditional love. Beautifully done.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Ann. Thank you so much for visit and welcome comments. Yes , life can be so difficult at times for all of us. Understanding has to be the answer.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      High Joda. Thank you as always for your visit and welcome comments. Thanks again for your vote, I do appreciate it.

      Graham.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Great poem! Parents put up with so much, hoping that in the end things will change. Some do, some don't.

      Your words convey a poignancy which rings true for many.

      From a hot, sticky Brittany, France - Ann

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a beautiful and touching piece of poetry Graham. I could feel the parent's heart break, and their forgiveness once more of their son. Wonderful writing. Voted up.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Flourish. Thank you for your valued visit and comments. I do hope those distant relatives managed to get things right in the end.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Sheila. Thank you for your visit and comments. Yes, tough love is a gamble parents take in the hope that it will help the child. A very difficult dilemma.

      Graham.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      You have captured the torn hearts that go into dysfunctional family dynamics and casting loved ones out, whether because of their substance abuse, an argument, or some other family issue. It happens so often. The safety net ravels. I enjoyed your poem and it reminded me of some distant relatives who have struggled with issues throughout their lives.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      This is an awesome poem. There are times a parent treats us with tough love, but they always take us back ... at least the good ones do.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Jackie. Thank you as always for your lovely comments. Thanks for your votes, I greatly appreciate them.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Good morning Faith. As always thank you for your visit and comments. The return of your prodigal son clearly made you very happy. Thank you for your votes. I greatly appreciate them.

      Best wishes.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Maj. Nice to see you this morning. Thanks as always for your visit and comments, they are appreciated.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Arun. Thank you for your visit and comments. I hope for a good weekend and hope you enjoy yours.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Mel. Thank you for your valued comments. I see your hubs this morning, I shall be over to read them today.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Thanks as always for your visit. Weather very hot at present in uk. Hope for a good weekend.

      Graham.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi mizjo. Thank you for your visit and comments. I do appreciate them.

      Graham.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Profound piece here, dear Graham. I remember when my prodigal son return. It is an overwhelming experience of love and joy. You have expressed it all so very well here.

      Voted up ++++ and away

      Hugs and blessings

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      This certainly tells of an emotional family crisis, oh the sadness of it. At the end you kind of hope and hope that all will be well from this moment on. It has to be. A most powerful piece Graham.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      So nicely portrayed how the parents feel even for their wretched son! Good hub. Have a great weekend ahead.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      The prodigal son returns. That was a very powerful moment and you conveyed it brilliantly. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you got the comment section going my friend. :) I already commented, so I'll just wish you a wonderful weekend.

      bill

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I felt the parents pain for they did what they had to and thankfully it did make the son turn around. So very beautiful. Straight to the heart. Up and sharing.

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      mizjo 3 years ago from New York City, NY

      Dear Graham, this poem breaks my heart. How many of us parents have not clung in tears to a prodigal child, whether he is leaving or, repentant, comes home to our loving arms. Beautiful imagery.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Annie. Thanks for you visit and comments. You know they are always valued. I hope all is ok lass!

      Graham.

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      bac2basics 3 years ago

      What a very moving poem Graham lad. There but for the grace of god go many I fear. You couldn´t have found a better photograph to match this moving piece if you had tried, the posture of this lady says it all.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Ruby. Thank you for your comments. They are always appreciated.

      Graham.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is soo very beautiful! A mother and father never stops loving their child, no matter how far away they drift from their guidance.