Neil Gray

Rookie (November 5th 1972. / Some hospital I think...can't remember...was very young at the time.)

Think Before You Speak. - Poem by Neil Gray

This time I knew it was over.

she'd walked out on more than one occasion
vowing that the day she came back
would be the day that the Devil
skated to work
but there was something
more final about this.

She said she loved me
but it wasn't enough.

She said I must had known
that it had been coming
for awhile.

She told me it was just something she had to do.

I poured myself a tall one
and lit a fresh cigarrette
to keep my mouth
while outside the clouds leered in
through the bay window.

'You never listen to me' she said
'You never ask me what I want,
All you do is take and never give anything back'

I changed the channel on the Tv
to something more palatable than the news,
picked up the cat's favorite ball and dropped
it on the floor for them to fight over.

'See, you're doing it right now.
I'm about to walk out of your life
and all you can do is watch
that thing and play with the animals.
Don't you have anything you want
to say too me? '

The storm outside finally broke
with such violence that before I knew it
I'd said:

'You better take an umbrella,
You'll catch your death otherwise.'

Comments about Think Before You Speak. by Neil Gray

  • Brian Dorn (4/18/2006 9:52:00 AM)

    Neil, very descriptive... I felt like I was there watching it all play out. I certainly could relate...
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  • (4/18/2006 9:06:00 AM)

    Neil your words speak of the complacency a lot of men are cursed with. It is called fear and it causes the lacking of ability to express emotion naturally. I've seen it time and time again. You probably gave the girl a break. I like your style of poetic teachings! lol 10 from cursed by men like you! grinning still, Tai (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Poem Edited: Tuesday, April 18, 2006

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