Richard Lackman

(Philadelphia)

Poems of Richard Lackman

1. A Doctor's Dilemma 3/13/2012
2. A Friend Named Mike 2/2/2014
3. A Poet's Shame 2/22/2012
4. A Solitary Life 9/5/2013
5. Almost Cancer 2/28/2012
6. April 3/22/2012
7. Beauty 1/12/2014
8. Because I Could Not Ever Bear to Say Goodbye To You 8/23/2013
9. Building For Eternity 7/16/2013
10. Children walking in the rain 4/23/2012
11. Destiny 2/22/2012
12. Dreams 2/22/2012
13. Evan 2/22/2012
14. everlasting love 2/16/2013
15. From Here To There 2/22/2012
16. Goodbye My Love - A smoker's lament 2/22/2012
17. happiness 10/7/2012
18. Here And Now 2/22/2012
19. I Always had Intended to Retire 2/3/2013
20. I fail to understand what God was thinking 3/14/2012

A Poet's Shame

I set out to write this poem and I had a simple plan.
I'd avoid all things prosaic and I'd do the best I can
To optimize the content and the grammar and the rhyme
And of course I'd tell a story that would echo for all time

I thought about the subject and the role the hero played
But when I penned the verses then I saw the hero fade
I read my lines and wondered if all poets had the same
Misunderstanding with the words and felt a poet's shame

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