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Bitter and Downtrodden

The world has taken its toll

By Colleen Millsteed Published 9 months ago 1 min read
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He understood the chances he was taking,

Riding the winds that changed,

Years disintegrating,

Hoping the outcome can be rearranged.


He wears his heart upon his sleeve,

Until he hears something he dislikes,

Then a switch is flicked,

And his stubbornness strikes.


Change has not been kind to his world,

He’s become hard and bitter,

No longer the person of yesteryear,

Losing his staying power, he’s now a quitter.


Sadness has become his best friend,

Loneliness the wall he hides behind,

Age has taken its toll,

His attitude blunt and unkind.


He has become his own worst enemy,

Destruction a way of life he prefers,

His heart is closed, his ego huge,

Sharpness and anger transfers.


Immaturity raises his proud head,

He boasts it is his strength,

Never realising it is his heart he hurts,

Keeping everyone at arms-length.


It’s pitiful to watch him torture his own soul,

Pushing love away in his destruction,

Solitude his personal preference,

He is love’s greatest obstruction.


Ask him for his truth,

Because sadly it doesn’t show,

Bitterness and ego his greatest obstacle,

To a truth he doesn’t know.

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Colleen Millsteed

My first love is poetry — it’s like a desperate need to write, to free up space in my mind, to escape the constant noise in my head. Most of the time the poems write themselves — I’m just the conduit holding the metaphorical pen.

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Comments (5)

  • Julia Schulz9 months ago

    Well-written, Colleen!

  • This was so sad. That's what changes does to people. They kinda lose themselves. Loved your poem!

  • Cathy holmes9 months ago

    Sad, and beautifully penned.

  • I was going to type a self-deprecating joke, asking how it is you could know me so well from just a few comments. Then I read it again & realized you really do have me pretty well pegged, whether intentionally or not. Insightfully told.

  • ❤️‍🩹Although his heart hurts with anguish he ambles on and tries to deliver Love 😍 📝👥👍

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