A Common Man Poem by Marilyn Lott

A Common Man

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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!

Melvina Germain 30 July 2015

Excellent poem Marilyn, sharing the reality so many of the working men can relate to. Love it.....

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Marilyn Lott 21 October 2017

Thank you so much, Melvina for your kind comment!

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Laurie Van Der Hart 06 May 2017

Nicely written poem with gentle emotion behind it. Many people, especially husband's, work day in and day out, year in and year out, without complaining. I think we sometimes take them for granted. At the same time, you suggest that it seems somehow not right - a horse's life is perhaps better. Yes, I don't think this kind of endless toil is what we were meant to use our lives doing.

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Marilyn Lott 15 May 2017

Comparing with a horse was tongue in cheek, not taken literally. But, we do need to relax in life so we can enjoy all of our hard work. Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

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Ellen Ni Bheachain 17 April 2021

Enjoyed your poem 'Common Man'. Very beautifully written and so insightful.

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Chinedu Dike 02 December 2019

An factual depiction of a common man's life insightfully penned in persuasive expressions with conviction. A work of an intricate mind. Thanks for sharing and do remain enriched.

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Marilyn Lott 10 January 2020

Thank you so much for your kind comment, Chinedu!

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Aniruddha Pathak 20 October 2018

A live portrayal of a common man and a lovely write

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A good narration of a common man. Wonderful poem.

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Diksha randhawa 20 January 2018

nicely crafted by poet. I just love it

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Marilyn Lott

Marilyn Lott

Washington state USA
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