gordon nosworthy

He Was Only Human - Poem by gordon nosworthy

they knew him
we are not known
they hold the door for him
we hold it for ourselves
they remember him
they demand our i.d.
whatever he had
we admit we don't have
we do not believe
to the same degree
we appreciate him
while learning how
to continuously relocate ourselves

we give him too much credit
he was known
outside our heads
we are not
he will be revered after he dies
our dogs
may remember us
for a time
until they too pass
as much as we know him
we will never know him
neither will we know ourselves
he must have wanted horror
to be horrified
he must have wanted to be known
to be known
he broke barriers
we broke a few
quietly where only we knew
where the gates stood

he took on the world
we hid behind the barricades
he gathered accolades
we only thought we wanted them
we never fully found the starting line
we only complained
when the starters' pistol
made a tiny little noise
while we held back
seizing guilt and shame instead
he probably had guilt and shame as well
that didn't stop him
it only stopped us

his inner voice shouted
a humanity heard around the world
only death put an end to his cockiness
even then he had the last song
we are cocky only in the mirror
he didn't mind scorn
courted it in fact
what other people thought of him
made him stronger
we follow the party line
struggle against the unseen hand
fall in line behind a long line
of something we do not know
only when the edge of what we know
shifted the boundary
to amoeba-like include him
did we accept him
as part of the party queue
we said we were thinking
we were only responding
he didn't mind offending people
we refrained
because we were expected to
we learned too late that being offended
is all in the eyes
of the offended
he was only human

Topic(s) of this poem: life

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  • (1/14/2016 4:13:00 AM)

    Perhaps a roll model's life with it's intricacies and moments to be cherished has been narrated in this beautiful verse. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 14, 2016

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