The disquieting man

Mother, what ill breeding of me
Or what disfigured my life unsightly
Poor did I go unwisely kept?
Unasked of my church christening,
That a priest sent black and white
Dressed women with nodding heads
And bilious eyes, to cast me to a street.

A fate properly sealed, a promise
Seasoned to poverty, a vow stamped
With threadbare scruples? Perhaps.
I may never be immaculately clean, I
But hold my soul erect. I will wear my
Deeds behind tattered clothing; sharp
Is my mind- a voice to arise from the

Dankness. At a yes, to write without
Fame- on a journey that I may tease
Out thoughts from an aging mind, to
Navigate words with callous fingers;
But never to grovel a fee from the
Buffoonery of others, nor seek a
Reputation on a poem; to my own

Heart say, be satisfied with my
Unmistakable self, to walk in my way
Alone, free in the occasion to speak,
To proclaim my spirit and imagination;
So, if by chance, I win in some triumph,
I will render no share on cloistered steps.
I stand, not high it may be, but alone.

Copyright © 03/11/17 lance sheridan®


4 comments on “The disquieting man

  1. Barbara says:

    Lance this writing is in a voice of showing life as it may be for some; the images grab at the mind to seal them tight so one will not forget them. Your poetry Lance is truly remarkable and greatly written, I admire your talent and feel the verses you write deep down in my heart – this is truly remarkable!!

  2. Polly says:

    This is very inspiring Lance as well as being very complex. I’m really into your poems. Tweeting this…

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