The Old Man At The Shrine

       I can’t think of a lead-in that would adequately describe the following poem, so I’ll let you read it and decide for yourselves what meaning or message it may carry.

Here’s hoping  that your Tuesday is tremendous.


What's In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

The Old Man At The Shrine

The old-timer sat back

in the dimly lit corner

as he had done now,

countless of times.

Soothed and comforted

by the solace,

of his rightful place

in this, his wrongful shrine.


From there he had seen

the fighter,

the Romeo

and the fool,

the down and out

the drifter,

and the dreamer,

soon to be schooled.


Oh yes, he had seen

the con man,

the liar

and the thief.

He had seen the joy

of champions,

and the defeated,

in their grief.


From his seat he had seen

the braggart,

the coward

and the poor,

he had witnessed

the “high and mighty”

be humbled,

by the whore.


 But his views had revealed

that we’re all the same,

we’re merely wearing

a different skin.

And, that you can put a name

on nearly everyone,

by simply choosing

a different sin.


 But this shrine, as it were,

was more like a home

to the old man,

and many the same.

And if you’re judged like they say

by the company you keep,

  then the old man

has many a name.


Jack Downing

Dec. 2012

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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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2 Responses to The Old Man At The Shrine

  1. He is Everyman and I am him.

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