Brian Purdy

(28.09.48 / Belleville, Ontario)

Hanratty, Himself


Forty years I trudged
And had no answers;
A mind that was at sea
And heart unanchored.

The day I had my birth
My father cursed.
Today, I saw him dead
And wished him worse.

Even from the start,
My mother's teeth
Tore my heart to bits
When I would sleep.

No angels dance on pins
No god's in heaven
Tonight I drink and dice
From nine to seven.

Sixty years I lived
And saw no worth;
Now, harpies, drink my blood
And do your worst.

One night I will go down
Beside the sea
Anchorless, alone
Will cease to be.

Submitted: Saturday, March 03, 2012
Edited: Saturday, December 14, 2013

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  • Martin O'Neill (5/2/2012 8:28:00 AM)

    Some fine lines in this. The sentiments expressed here reflect much of my own. Well written. (Report) Reply

  • Ludicrous Angel (3/9/2012 6:52:00 AM)

    if u ask my opinion, its a bit sad. i mean, really negative. HOWEVER the music of poetry has left me dumbfound. beautiful. keep it up Brian (Report) Reply

  • Charles Darkly (3/4/2012 5:29:00 PM)

    This is awesome from start to finish. The feeling of lonely contemplation in the sea is so real I swear I hear seagulls...could be the squawking of the kids at the park I took my soon to though. Haha. ;) (Report) Reply

  • Smoky Hoss (3/4/2012 3:57:00 PM)

    I like the solitary feel, the slight breath of all human lonesome lingering in these words; very good. (Report) Reply

  • Adeline Foster (3/4/2012 2:29:00 PM)

    OK I'll bite, who is Hanratty himself. Well written poem, perhaps a little enigmatic. Read mine - An Acutely Obtuse Pythagorean Lyric -
    Adeline (Report) Reply

  • Wahab Abdul (3/3/2012 8:32:00 PM)

    the sweetest poem as it is the saddest, very tragic and melancholic. i like the poem. (Report) Reply

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