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Do You Know This Man?
by Brian Greenleaf
Sunday, September 07, 2008
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Do we really take the time to know the people we call our friends?


Do You Know This Man?
He wears a clown’s mask, but no smile lurks below.
He’s brings laughter to a crowd, so his sadness doesn’t show.
He’s hides his artistic side. “That is not the way of men!”
He mourns his shattered world; over and again.
Do you know this man?
He is not handsome, nor worldly, nor a resounding success.
He does not portend to be, and this he does profess.
He is loyal and honest: on him you could depend.
A hopeless romantic, with a broken heart he cannot mend.
Do you know this man?
Inside his imperfect shell, a warm heart plays coy;
a heart that yearns for love; for tenderness; for joy.
Echoing through his tortured mind, memories churn endlessly;
of happier times, of bygone friends:  no tranquility.
Do you know this man?
Have you ever engaged him, or looked beyond his skin?
Do you know the purveyor of mirth and kindness that dreams within?
He, too, feels pain, and love; anguish and fright;
the bone numbing chill of a frosty winter’s night……..alone.
Do you know this man?
Pay heed, all ye, the beautiful, the blessed.
To the one who brought laughter, as they lay him to rest.
Peace eludes him, desperation guides his soul.
His departure will be silent; the one thing he can control.
Do you know this man?
©Brian Greenleaf 2008


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Reviewed by Judith Erickson (Reader)
I'm beginning to.
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila
Very interesting write, Brian. Do we indeed "really" take the time to "know" our friends? Gave me lots of food for thought.

Reviewed by Julie Donner Andersen
Yeah, I know this's YOU! Brian, get back on the anitdepressants, man! LOL

I kid you. You know I love you, dear friend. This poem is are you. :)

Alias Julius
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa
This is profound work...made me think deeply and for that I am grateful..

( PS I think it's time one of us reported this ALEX Dihes ( below)he has become downright nasty..perhaps he needs a shrink.. He has been sooo disturbing to AD lately..)


Reviewed by Michelle Mead
I think all of us wear masks at times and we are all more than one person inside and the worst thing is when people try to put us into nice neat little boxes. I think to survive we all wear different masks for different roles, and there is nothing wrong with that-except when we aren't sure anymore which we really are at heart. I don't know what the hell was up with the comment below mine, but I think someone really overthought your poem that seems straightforward to me-good work. Michelle
Reviewed by William Potter

I think I know this man. Occasionally he stares at me from the bathroom mirror.

Very well done,

keep your chin up and take care,

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