aren’t we all one head trauma away from him?

The soul must know something
that the mind
can’t comprehend

That’s what they said when
they watched him
from afar

He slept under the bridge
at night

During the day
the poor fool sat
by the river banks
and threw stones into the water

All day long

With obsession

And when he’d see no other stones
he’d start crying

Few things are more disturbing
to the ear than
the cries of an adult

He had a family some years ago,
they said

Had a wife and kids

And a job in the mine yonder

Then a boulder fell on his
head one day and
along with his mind
it took everything away from him

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  1. Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

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  2. There is some beauty in this sad poem.

    “During the day
    the poor fool sat
    by the river banks
    and threw stones into the water
    All day long
    With obsession
    And when he’d see no other stones
    he’d start crying”

    Lines that melt soul 😕

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  3. No one is exempt from disaster. If people knew this, we might potentially have a real community, with giving and support. Instead, we drive by day after day and speculate until it becomes tedious and forgotten, I’m thinking.

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  4. This poem reminds me of Zulfikar Ghose’s, “The Beggar” in some ways and you capture the poetic and tragic nature of life so well, especially in the distance of the people who see the man but remain distant as he is trapped inside himself. What makes this an excellent poem, is the way that the speaker reflects upon himself also forces the reader to do the same. Honesty is the best way of dealing with reality.

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