Brian Purdy

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Hanratty, Himself - Poem by Brian Purdy

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.

Comments about Hanratty, Himself by Brian Purdy

  • Brian Purdy (1/8/2016 10:05:00 AM)

    Hanratty is an invention. That does not mean that I don't share some of his emotions though his take on things is certainly darker than my own. Many thanks to all for comments and praise. Glad this gave pleasure. Best regards from Bep. (Report) Reply

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  • Brian Purdy (1/8/2016 10:02:00 AM)

    Hanratty is an invention. That does not mean that I don't share many of his emotions. Thanks to everyone for comments and praise. Glad this gave pleasure. Regards, Bep. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Purdy (1/8/2016 9:58:00 AM)

    Hanratty is an invention, not autobiographical. That does not mean that some of the emotions expressed are not mine. Many thanks for praise and reactions from readers. Glad this gave you pleasure. - Bep. (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • Ekaterina M. Polischuk (3/16/2012 3:13:00 PM)

    the poem of sadness... good personal poem.... it is full of emotions and has a good rhythm (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • Sara Fielder (3/6/2012 3:58:00 PM)

    I like the ring of virility to this here poem Gus :) (Report) Reply

  • William B. Watterson (3/5/2012 6:35:00 AM)

    Tragic, poignant, insightful. Could this be autobiographical? (Report) Reply

  • (3/5/2012 1:23:00 AM)

    A magnificent poem! A great masterpiece! Thanks a lot (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • (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 -
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  • 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

  • (3/3/2012 6:06:00 PM)

    I love every line of this poem... Great work (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 3, 2012

Poem Edited: Saturday, December 14, 2013

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