Marilyn Lott

Gold Star - 8,339 Points (5-28-42 / Washington state USA)

A Common Man - Poem by Marilyn Lott

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!

Comments about A Common Man by Marilyn Lott

  • Binayakumar Mohanty (10/21/2017 10:47:00 AM)

    Knowing at timeshe'llmake mistakes
    For after all, he is just a common man. Nicely crafted. I will give full mark 10++++
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  • Laurie Van Der Hart (5/6/2017 2:27:00 AM)

    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. (Report) Reply

    Marilyn Lott Marilyn Lott (5/15/2017 4:43:00 PM)

    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.

  • Margaret O Driscoll (5/8/2016 4:30:00 AM)

    The struggles of the daily grind of a hard worker (Report) Reply

  • Melvina Germain (7/30/2015 8:25:00 PM)

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

    Marilyn Lott Marilyn Lott (10/21/2017 9:51:00 PM)

    Thank you so much, Melvina for your kind comment!

  • Heather Wilkins (7/24/2013 11:23:00 AM)

    a good poem about the common man. we all know so well. a good tribute (Report) Reply

  • (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.
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  • (11/5/2009 10:06:00 AM)

    something beautiful penned beautifully.10 (Report) Reply

  • (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.
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    Marilyn Lott Marilyn Lott (5/15/2017 4:49:00 PM)

    Oh my goodness, so many years since you wrote this but now I can comment. Thank you so very much, I truly appreciate your kind words.

  • 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
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    Marilyn Lott Marilyn Lott (5/15/2017 4:51:00 PM)

    Thank you very much for you sweet comment. My father was this kind of man. I will always miss him but now that I am almost 75, perhaps before long I shall see him again.

  • (10/13/2009 12:29:00 PM)

    But he’s strong and yes, he’s constant
    For he knows how to take a stand

    Rachel Ann Butler
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  • (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.
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  • (9/2/2009 12:25:00 PM)

    Enjoyed this and the barn seems so much nearer now; 0) ........ (Report) Reply

  • 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.
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  • (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! !
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    Marilyn Lott Marilyn Lott (5/15/2017 4:48:00 PM)

    Thank you so much for your comment. I so appreciate it.

  • (8/14/2009 10:13:00 AM)

    you captured just the right
    feelings of what the comman does
    excellent poem
    thanks for sharing it.
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  • Prince Obed de la Cruz (8/9/2009 3:55:00 AM)

    The comman man here is like an ideal being (Report) Reply

  • Sarwar Chowdhury (7/11/2009 9:15:00 AM)

    fine thoughts emitting this poem! .....10+ (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • 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

    Marilyn Lott Marilyn Lott (10/21/2017 9:50:00 PM)

    I appreciate your comment so very much. Thank you!

  • (3/30/2009 11:27:00 AM)

    great thoughts went into
    this it is 10 +
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    Marilyn Lott Marilyn Lott (10/21/2017 9:49:00 PM)

    Thank you so much!

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 13, 2007

Poem Edited: Friday, February 25, 2011

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