Marilyn Lott

Rookie - 133 Points (5-28-42 / Washington state USA)

A Common Man

He works so hard every day
Doing pretty much what he’s told
The days slowly turn into years
As his life carefully unfolds

He sweats and agonizes and toils
To put food on the table each day
Keeping family fed and clothed
And he does it his own unique way

His love for family is his passion
For he wants the best life he can make
For his wife and his kids and his dog
Praying his spirit won’t break

As he drives home every day
He goes past a barn lost in age
Falling apart and he knows
Some day he’ll be at that stage

Horses roam in their fences
Lost in their own sort of world
He wonders if their life is not better
Instead of the world he’s been hurled

But he’s strong and yes, he’s constant
For he knows how to take a stand
Knowing at times he’ll make mistakes
For after all, he is just a common man!

Submitted: Sunday, May 13, 2007
Edited: Friday, February 25, 2011

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Siddharth Singh (11/23/2009 7:24:00 AM)

    It certainly comes across as a master's work.
    A terriffic tribute to the battering a common man
    takes all his life without complaining.
    Incredible and outstanding. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nikunj Sharma (10/29/2009 10:41:00 PM)

    I wish I could kiss the hand that wrote this master piece...this is lovely, peaceful and stimulating...the hunt fo rthe bread, a quest for a quality life, dreams, worries of getting old and passing made me travel a lifetime in this...this is one of the best poems I have read...goes in my favorites....

    lemme atleast don a hat to this by giving a tenner. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 240 Points Dorothy- A. Holmes (10/19/2009 1:42:00 PM)


    I am feeling the love in this seem to know him so well...Oh, he is blessed.

    A Poet Who Loves To Sing (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Rup Pokharel (9/9/2009 8:10:00 PM)

    I liked your sentiment.
    very readworthy piece of art.

    if u have time do spare a bit for mine too. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 77 Points C. P. Sharma (8/21/2009 9:42:00 PM)

    Poetry comes effortlessly to you depicting peace and constancy of the life of a common man vis-a-vis the life full of viles and intrigues with the rich. Its rhyme, rhythm and music made my day. Thanks for sharing it.
    CP (Report) Reply

  • Rookie HaZeM PaKKaR (8/20/2009 6:19:00 PM)

    i see my mom&dad in this poem..
    we are forcely joined the school of LIFE..
    sometimes we fail & many times we fulfil all/some of what we dream of..
    nice poem with common concern..
    thanks truly for sharing! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Graham Russell (8/14/2009 10:13:00 AM)

    you captured just the right
    feelings of what the comman does
    excellent poem
    thanks for sharing it.
    gra. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 65 Points Sathyanarayana M V S (4/22/2009 7:08:00 AM)

    I agree with Ravi. This poem is truly a classic. But I wonder whether there is any amount of poverty in US. We, the poets from third world often write this kind of poems. If time permits you may see my poems like MY SWEAT, HONOURABLES. But your language and expression are simple and simply superb and touching. Kudos to you Madam. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points Ravi A (4/21/2009 10:43:00 AM)

    Herein you have pictured the mirth and sighs of common man through simple language straight from your heart. There is a level of euqanimity of your heart reflected throughout the poem, leading the reader to a state of calmness rather than disturbance. This is the way we should describe the various hues of life. I value this work. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Dr Hitesh Sheth (3/10/2009 11:42:00 AM)

    It means that even in USA life is drufgery for a commom man.............
    Hmm point to ponder
    Good write......... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Stephen Stirk (3/6/2009 8:41:00 AM)

    That poem meant a lot to me. It is very evocative of my own life. Toil, hard work and commitment. Solid values. The kids today should learn a thing or 2
    Great imagery and a powerful message
    Steve (Report) Reply

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