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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.

I was never blessed with Brains.


Muckross Killarney, Ireland

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