R. K. Hart

(Australia)

But Half A Man


When illness ravages the body,
And skin glistens so damply.
When blotchy is his countenance,
Pity is the result of his semblance.

As his body determines to be out of control,
And normality is nothing more than a pinhole.
These are times before drugs kick in,
Pain barely surmountable causes chagrin.

This moment I see unquestioning love,
His comfort attains restful harmonic octave.
Undeserving you spend your self,
Generosity and grace your abounding wealth.

He can but a scintilla repay what is owed,
You insist on showing love that only to be followed.
Love that makes half a man a king,
With a heart that like 1000 choirs sing.

So his queen of hearts,
Your half man will gradually depart.
As the half man has lesser control,
He loved but grew to love you more than whole.

R. K. Hart 8/11/2012

Submitted: Wednesday, November 07, 2012
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  • Ed Nigma (1/12/2014 5:22:00 PM)

    This reminds me of a man struggling with addiction and through it all having his queen to love him and stand by his side no matter what. This love brings about the will to change. This love makes the man whole again. His love for her was greater then the love for himself it was her love that was the catalyst in bringing about his change but it was his love of her and the thought of losing her that gave him that extra nudge..

    A very good poem! !

    That was my take on it anyways =) (Report) Reply

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