The Sad Faced Man

Out upon the desolate
Desert unforgiving,
Not of sand and heat and death…
A desert of the living.

Alone, a warrior girds his loins
And steps into the streets
A steel sword forged of great distrust…
Disdain for all he meets.

A shot slammed down and gulped in haste,
A cold beer in his hand.
Upon his self-made island armored,
Stands the sad faced man.

A damned priest, dogma slave embracing
Tenets tried and true,
That tell him lies of those he’s facing,
Lies of me and you.

And if we dare get close to this
Sore embittered Knight,
He’ll trade us, sell us, whore us out
And justify our plight.

Mirrors shatter, blood infused,
Awakening to stand
Alone in desperation drowned,
There stands the sad faced man.

So hot and sweltered, leather cloaked
Not naked as need be…
His strength’s his weakness, concept flawed,
That he will never see.

Dug in and hunkered down alone,
He shies from talk and touch,
He views them as anathema
Yet needs them oh, so much.

He, she, it and me, you, they
Will always fail to understand,
But in the mirror’s shards we see…
We are that sad faced man.

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  • Redviolin
    Redviolinabout 2 years ago

    WOW !!!!!

  • LOL. Aww-rightie then!

    – George Yesthal

  • 8upchef
    8upchefabout 2 years ago


  • Thanx, bro.

    – George Yesthal

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandabout 2 years ago

    Very powerful statement!! Awesomely written my friend!!

  • Little bit of the sad guy in all of us, I guess.
    Glad you liked it, Johnny me lad.

    – George Yesthal

  • Arco Iris  R
    Arco Iris Rabout 2 years ago

    I really love when you write this way George. So much meaning but poetry coming from your soul with a certain kind of sadness… We also are the sad man in this sad world. I like it when you use power in your voice, but now it is so soft, it really got to me. You have talent everywhere.

  • Thank you, Iris. That’s very kind.

    – George Yesthal

  • twistwashere
    twistwashereabout 2 years ago


    not , totally sure of this word and it’s meaning , George , I sit here in my heelz , a residue of weddin future , to practice upon , to go with frock of sunshine beams , bought by default , a bargained gained , in shoppin frenzy , … . in readin aloud , your verse , refreshin me of your … . encompassin calibure , on life , a skill you have , delightin us all

  • Wow! A warrior poet art thou. I’m bedazzled. Great comment.

    a·nath·e·ma   [uh-nath-uh-muh] Show IPA
    noun, plural a·nath·e·mas.
    a person or thing detested or loathed: That subject is anathema to him.
    a person or thing accursed or consigned to damnation or destruction.
    a formal ecclesiastical curse involving excommunication.
    any imprecation of divine punishment.
    a curse; execration. – George Yesthal

    – George Yesthal

  • twistwashere
    twistwashereabout 2 years ago

    little may you know George , I sit here , in my space , the little I have aquired , … . I turn into an orb , one edged with indpendent … . finely , edged , steel , as feathers , with a bite , this only happenz when in need of … . pause for sequarity

  • Gregory John O'Flaherty
    Gregory John O...about 2 years ago

    Great piece George !!!

  • Thanx much, Greg.

    – George Yesthal

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