Hazel Durham


The Laughing Stars - Poem by Hazel Durham

He lives deep inside himself with burnt out emotions,
He can stll hear his piercing scream's,
When he had a bad fall from a horse in a race,
That ended all his dream's,
His chance gone at becoming top jockey,
He clung desperately onto his fading career,
But the ugly truth has taken hold,
He is stalked by fear.



His bitterness wrenches his heart,
He lives in a small two roomed flat,
Simpe and plain,
He's headman now at a small riding stables,
He ties himself down with an invisible chain,
As his heart bleed's because he has fled,
From the spotlight with the side effects,
Of the steel plate inside his head.



He makes his life comfortable,
He has a fiery temper but he's a hard worker,
Every evening he sit's in the same spot in the local pub,
Talking to the same people,
Drinking his usual pint of Guinness,
Everything the same, until he drives the short journey home,
The mountains looming,
Like giant creatures lurking.



His dream's always come back to knock him out cold,
With his feeling's of been a loner and a loser,
His heart locked and the key lost on the racecourse,
His brown eyes turn black with rage,
Now he exists on a poor wage,
He survives with his good sense of humour,
And his weapon of sarcasm,
Filling the empty chasm.



He now stand's staring at the darkened stable yard,
Fleetingly for a second he believe's he has done well,
Then he glances at the galaxy of stars,
Looking and laughing down at him from afar,
With their aloofness and untouchable presence,
He remembers the scenes in the winners enclosure,
With the crowd cheers,
All he's left with is his deep fears.



His eyes have lost their light,
Without his souls inner sight,
He steps quickly inside his front door,
Away from his glory day's,
Away from the brilliant stars of the night,
Mocking him,
At losing his lonely fight.


Comments about The Laughing Stars by Hazel Durham

  • Bri Edwards (10/7/2018 10:21:00 PM)

    i just read D. Brick's 2nd comment. i like the poem the way it is! bri :) (Report)Reply

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  • Bri Edwards (10/7/2018 10:18:00 PM)

    (cont.)

    and

    the brilliant stars of the night,
    Mocking him,
    At losing his lonely fight.

    ..and i 'love' the title. to MyPoemList.

    bri :)
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  • Bri Edwards (10/7/2018 10:17:00 PM)

    (cont.)

    favorite lines:

    The mountains looming,
    Like giant creatures lurking.

    and:

    His heart locked and the key lost on the racecourse,
    His brown eyes turn black with rage,

    (cont.)
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  • Bri Edwards (10/7/2018 9:40:00 PM)

    (cont.)

    oops! called to supper, i am.

    i'll finish later, but if i forget, please alert me. Thanks. i want to read the rest of this.

    bri ;)
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  • Bri Edwards (10/7/2018 9:40:00 PM)

    lines 3 & 5: three typos i think. :) (and elsewhere)

    steel plate! i knew a guy with one, from injury in N. Africa during WWll i think he told me....long ago. : (

    i've been accused (by myself) of having a 'stone heart' [actually i thought 'cold' or 'no' heart], and some may agree with me...and we'd all be wrong. really! !

    (cont.)
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  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (7/1/2018 11:29:00 AM)

    An absolutely fine write....and is so enjoyable in reading. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/22/2018 10:31:00 AM)

    You tell a great story Hazel enjoyed your poem Alan (Report)Reply

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  • Narayanan Kutty Pozhath (5/12/2018 10:45:00 PM)

    His eyes have lost their light,
    Without his souls inner sight,
    He steps quickly inside his front door,

    Everyone goes through such times in life. Beautiful write.
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  • Stuart Munro (3/28/2017 2:42:00 PM)

    Superb poem, wish I could write like this, my poems or lyrics are simplistic, this is clever word control (Report)Reply

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  • (6/28/2016 4:39:00 AM)

    excellent piece of poetry. (Report)Reply

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  • James Mallum (2/12/2016 3:15:00 AM)

    Wow! spectacular. Tells me to rise and evade my 'lonely fight'. I feel sorry for the guy. I just want to ask if it's a true story (Report)Reply

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  • Dimitrios Galanis (1/14/2016 6:39:00 AM)

    Your second to read, a great achievement, Think of making it shorted without some details very very personal.It can be a masterpiece for paradigm. (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (12/22/2015 5:00:00 AM)

    He ties himself down with an invisible chain,
    As his heart bleed's because he has fled,
    From the spotlight with the side effects,
    Of the steel plate inside his head.

    His eyes have lost their light,
    Without his souls inner sight,

    at the end it ends in a sad note. of losing his lonely fight. Do you call such a plight of a man destiny? How can we answer it? These were my questions when i finished reading this poem. you have portrayed the struggles of a man who accidentally looses everything.
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  • Drtony Brahmin (9/9/2015 4:39:00 PM)

    He ties himself down with an invisible chain,
    As his heart bleed's because he has fled,
    From the spotlight with the side effects,
    Of the steel plate inside his head.

    His eyes have lost their light,
    Without his souls inner sight,

    at the end it ends in a sad note. of losing his lonely fight. Do you call such a plight of a man destiny? How can we answer it? These were my questions when i finished reading this poem. you have portrayed the struggles of a man who accidentally looses everything.
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    James Mallum(2/12/2016 3:19:00 AM)

    It's simple, it's a sad poem with a tragic ending. hopelessness could possibly pass as the theme

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  • Howard The Motivational Poet Simon (5/21/2015 9:37:00 AM)

    A captivating and compelling narration that is moving and marvelous yet a sad story of broken dreams scattered in the wind! Excellently expressed my friend! (Report)Reply

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  • Captain Herbert Poetry (5/12/2015 6:40:00 PM)

    I am touched with your poem Hazel. It really flows from the heart.
    Beautiful poem
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  • Stephen Katona (3/18/2015 8:59:00 PM)

    A sad tale of bitterness and fear. There are so many who hanker after glory days rather than living the life they still have remaining. Very insightful and a pleasure to read. (Report)Reply

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  • Kenneth Maswabi (12/17/2014 8:50:00 AM)

    i feel so alone just frm reading this poem.very sad.Thanks 4 the beautiful bundle of sadness. (Report)Reply

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  • Akhtar Jawad (12/3/2014 10:35:00 AM)

    A heart touching story very well described................10 (Report)Reply

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  • Daniel Brick (11/11/2014 8:44:00 PM)

    Hi Hazel Allan aka E Nigma believes in this poem in a way different from my belief in it. And he asked me to take another look at the poem and my reaction to it. I have to say I find his interpretation very persuasive. I assumed the man's life was virtually over in any any productive sense. Anthony DiAnno told you a real life story of a player terribly injured who gave up and self-destructed. That's the future I feared for your character. But Allan found a different way to respond to the poem and thus suggested a diferent future for the character. WHAT IF after carrying that weight for a long, long time he would look up at the the laughing stars and not hear laughter of contempt which humiliates him but the laughter of hope which inspires him. And then he gives himself a second chance, a comeback. It's at least a possibility because this is fiction and you can shape whatever reality you want. (I sound like Leonardo da Caprio in INCEPTION!) But your poem is excellent whether or not there is another chapter to this man's story. (Report)Reply

    E Nigma(11/11/2014 10:17:00 PM)

    I approve of this comment. It's great as a stand alone poem but I could totally see a second part to this story as well. Either way it is great! Ed

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 6, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, September 9, 2013


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