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I was never blessed with Brains.

I was never blessed with brains
but brawn I had enough
Dreamt I was a pirate
rasping coarse and tough
I lost my eye in a brawl
broke my nose five times or more
never found the ship to sail
onto some exotic shore.

I never found the treasure
the rubies or the pearls
and never found it easy
taking to the girls
until I drunk too much
and I had one thing
on my mind
guess I couldn’t see
the trouble coming
on account of being half blind
my earring a tarnished silver fish
hangs loose from my left ear
but that don’t mean
I’am effeminate or
even slightly queer.

My teeth, I never cleaned too much
their black and my gums are sore
my breath it stinks, oozing puss
that from their abscess pour.
I’ve got scars that look like ladders
my head it got no hair
my vocabulary is limited
to the words I curse and swear.
Still I think I’ll soften
if a tough loving woman
I could find
my heart would melt like snow
as she’d tame my muddled mind .

So dont judge the book
by the cover
‘til you read my story
spilled on every splattered page
for you’ll find me a man full of caring
but provoked or cornered can rage
like a wild beast or animal thats trapped
its options scarce and few
so when you peer at me and my journey
just thank God that stories not you.

Spare a thought for my struggles, my yearnings,
never rescued from a childhood of pain
To a youth spent in institutions
Time lost, I could not redeem again
Those years left a chasm, an emptiness
No counselling, physiatrist talk could have filled
After the loss of loosing a mother to drinking
and a father that poverty killed.

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  • Donna19
    Donna19almost 3 years ago

    I know this is just a story but I am just weeping for this sweetheart! You certainly can write a story that grips the reader well. Fabulous work Tim. xoxoxo

  • Thank you Iam sorry I forgot to put in two lines so the last bit didn’t flow as good but all fixed now

    – timbuckley

  • shelleybabe2
    shelleybabe2almost 3 years ago

    I totally agree with you ‘Dont judge a book by its cover!’ so true! Funny enough I had that in my head last night ‘Dont judge a book by its cover, until you’ve read it!
    I deeply empathize with this write! And for others who have had to deal with struggles and issues from the past & present! Great write Tim!

  • You are just lovely thank you for the positivity and honesty of experience

    – timbuckley

  • VampireLily
    VampireLilyalmost 3 years ago

    This is brill, Tim! What a fantastic story being told here!

  • Thank u forgot to put in two lines so last bit didn’t flow yvonca put up image poem is based on

    – timbuckley

  • MoonlightLover
    MoonlightLoveralmost 3 years ago

    What a gut-wrenching write Timbo and so wonderfully profound. xoxo

  • Thank you

    – timbuckley

  • evon ski
    evon skialmost 3 years ago

    excellent writ here T, like the additional verse at the end.

  • Thank you for posting the inspiration I should have acknowledged but I was right with time

    – timbuckley

  • some more changes think its better now

    – timbuckley

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroealmost 3 years ago

    arrrr, so very true never judge…wonderful rhythmic write:)

  • Thank you robin

    – timbuckley

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergeralmost 3 years ago

    very raw – tugging on the heart

  • shelleybabe2
    shelleybabe2almost 3 years ago

    Your welcome!

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