Treasure Island

Terry O'Leary


Buried in the Sand


A beggar clump adorns a dump, his pencil box in hand -
With sightless eyes upon the skies he's lying there unmanned.

He's fallen down in Shantytown, his knees too weak to stand,
With no relief and bitter grief too dark to understand.

The Bowery blight is hid from sight, it's covered up and bland,
And Robin Hood and Brother Hood lie buried in the sand.

Submitted: Monday, August 13, 2012
Edited: Monday, August 13, 2012

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  • George Price (8/22/2013 3:37:00 PM)

    Brilliant; I love the whole feel of this. Not only the message of darkness and bitterness, and the brutality of society, but; With no relief and bitter grief too dark to understand is one of the best descriptions of that aching type of sadness that sometimes strikes I've heard in a long time. Just great.

    Also, thank you so much for reading my stuff; always so much appreciated! My apology was broadly because everything I'd submitted before that was quite cheery, and I hadn't managed to work up the courage to put something dark up until then. Am feeling somewhat more confident now, though! (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (4/13/2013 2:58:00 AM)

    Powerful write and it swipes times...to back to human nature, think and be nice..dont want humanity to be covered with sand..it must keep on standing...nice and nice_Soul (Report) Reply

  • Ellias Anderson (8/14/2012 1:20:00 AM)

    O..Wow.., he he..so funny and nice! this poem is so wisdom and brilliant. i like t he line He's fallen down in Shantytown, his knees too weak to stand,
    With no relief and bitter grief too dark to understand.
    these two lines are so meaningful and nice, the rhymes are so wise and excellent. also the meaning is clear.
    the structure is just right Terry.
    I love this poem. well done man.
    Ellias (Report) Reply

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