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we all slum it in the end


By Paul StewartPublished 2 months ago Updated about a month ago 1 min read
Top Story - May 2024
we all slum it in the end
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we all slum it in the end

even when

we turn dirt to gold


to do

what we're told

turn gold to dirt


to do

what we should

we all slum it in the end

in the dirt -

as it sticks to our souls

and the mire -

as it fills our empty holes

in the coffin -

where we rest

or the fire -

did we pass the test?

we all slum it in the end

be it

in a mausoleum-

hallowed territory

in a crematorium -

another fiery story

in a graveyard -

how do you assess glory?

or out to sea -

as one with waves' story

none are greater

none are lesser

all return

to soil

like shellfish


into mere sand

so too

will the kind

will the selfish

the best

the worst

we all slum it in the end

so why




we don't


a friend

that we don't


anyone else

when you're


to forsake


at stake

for an extra coin

we all slum it in the end


rags or riches


selfish twitches

we all slum it in the end

ones who'll watch

neverending pain

ones who'll grieve

neverending pain

for you

for me

for us

we all slum it in the end

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About the Creator

Paul Stewart

Scottish-Italian poet/writer from Glasgow.

Overflowing in English language torture and word abuse.

"Every man has a sane spot somewhere" R.L Stevenson

The Accidental Poet - Poetry Collection is now available!


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  • Sara Wilson21 days ago

    Congrats on your well deserved top story!! 👏👏

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    Well, ain't that the truth. Well said, my friend.

  • Gloria Penelopeabout a month ago

    Great poem, congratulations!

  • Grz Colmabout a month ago

    “We all slum it in the end” - I like this title and motto. Evens the playing fields to be sure! Great work Paul. I must have missed this…was this before your trip? How’d the getaway go with you wife? Where did you head to? Good to see you back and nice work on your top story here! 😁👏

  • Sid Aaron Hirjiabout a month ago

    grats on ts-this is like the gravedigger scene in Hamlet. He sees the skeletons and assesses what they could be. Loved how you put it together

  • Oneg In The Arcticabout a month ago

    In the end we all return to where we came from. In the end does it even matter tho?

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a month ago

    Very cool idea here with such a elevated and elegant philosophy

  • Raymond G. Taylorabout a month ago

    Great perspective on the great leveller. Well deserved TS Paul

  • Excellent and depp words

  • Kodahabout a month ago

    Turn gold to dirt. I like that line a lot! Incredible work Paul! Congrats on top story!! 💌🥳🎉🥳🎉

  • JBazabout a month ago

    An honest approach. No matter what we do it is all the same. We are all the same I loved the build, the next line added to the previous. A tad sad for me Congratulations

  • Sonia Heidi Unruhabout a month ago

    The great equalizer! I appreciate your call to embrace this fundamental equality and unity of humankind in our lives as well as in our deaths.

  • Gabriel Huizengaabout a month ago

    Wow, Paul, this is incredible. Marvelous, concise, striking communication of a profound truth!! Congrats on Top Story, too! :)

  • Rachel Deemingabout a month ago

    We sure do. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust...

  • Donna Fox (HKB)about a month ago

    Wow, what a beautifully melancholic poem. Suiting for the very rainy day here! Great work Paul and congrats on Top Story (AGAIN)!!!!! 🎉

  • Alex H Mittelman about a month ago

    Great poem! ❤️

  • Heather Zieffle about a month ago

    Congratulations on Top Story, Paul! Well deserved!

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Lamar Wigginsabout a month ago

    Excellent trail of words that led to some deep and heavy vibes. But somehow, towards the end, it felt cathartic for me. Well done, Paul! And Congrats!

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • angela hepworthabout a month ago

    Amazing work & congrats on top story!

  • Carol Townendabout a month ago

    This is fantastic, Paul.

  • Brin J.about a month ago

    Death is quite humbling. A powerful equalizer, reducing us all to nothingness. Great poem, Paul.

  • Kendall Defoe about a month ago

    Don't we, though? TS Time!!!

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