Jack Mashman


In A Minor Key - Poem by Jack Mashman

No one told me of the long nights
or the solitary nature
of one in a crowd
the body ill conceived
clouds the vision
long enough to spread the pain
brings forth a sardonic smile
drawn to a mirror
stained by the witches' dark breath


Look to the rock
where the mountain stands alone
makes no obeisance demands no tribute
or mystique of the chestnut tree
whose shadows heal the spirit
for all who care to enter
in an amoral way
we do not judge
we cannot hurt


This is a lonely road
so are we all
you know me for what I am
not what I seem
and in that manner born to me
I hail the greater one
accept myself in a minor key


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 4, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, January 27, 2011


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