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The Hick Poem by L Chapman I'm a Hick....this is my poem [288 words]
Waiting For My Guest by Mary Jo Javier - [115 words]
Visions From Hell And Others by Steven K Mitchell A collection of verse from the dark side: includes Bloodlust, Ripper, more. [1,277 words]
Victims by Richard Koss A satirical poem that tells it like it is. The poem confronts a disturbing trend in our society - trans... [255 words]
Unspoken Sentiments by Mary Jo Javier An account about the pain of rejection. [189 words]
Twenty-Eight by Ashley Burdett I wrote this poem for my parents' 28th wedding anniversary which was a few weeks ago. I admire the... [114 words]
Time by L Chapman - [170 words]
Through Me by L Chapman - [70 words]
Those Beautiful Eyes by Jessica G. This poem isn't deep, and it's not quite about love, but it's one of those deep love poems... [74 words]
Stop Your Complaining by Michael Hunter This doesn't strike me as a particularly novel idea, still, after another day of listenin... [151 words]
Ophelia by Redell Turner - [58 words]
Lost And Found by Richard Koss A poem that was originally written as a lyric several years ago for a country western song. [156 words]
Looking Through Glass by Mary Jo Javier - [54 words]
Just The Two Of Us by Ranay Mueller It's about being with the one you really love and just being there for eachother is all that... [166 words]
Jkpayson by Olef Ransom Saulles - [53 words]
I'm Bored by L Chapman - [95 words]
I Had No Idea Misery Compounded by Olef Ransom Saulles - [161 words]
Father by Candace Apple - [20 words]
Douglas Cliche Part Two by Richard Lynch - [255 words]
Consolations After The War by Mary Jo Javier - [132 words]
Chaos Derangements Vol. 1 by Tony Seljuk An excerpt. These are 3 poems from my first collection of poems and stories. [1,048 words]
Chairs by Mary Jo Javier - [34 words]
A Poem About Obscene Language by L Chapman - [153 words]
The Muse by John Thomas Barragan My poem that breaks down my view towards women, that they are not just objects, but queens that roam t... [198 words]
The 30 Seconds Poet by L Chapman - [123 words]
Sleep by L Chapman Another stupid poem [220 words]
Rice Krispy Treat Squares by L Chapman - [48 words]
Please Read My Poem - Again by Richard Koss The inspiration for this poem came to me after reading several poems (good and bad)... [195 words]
Being by Olef Ransom Saulles Poem [124 words]
Another Time by Ann Chu a plaintiff desire for a break from life [65 words]
The Saga Of Douglas Cliche - Part One by Richard Lynch Part one of a series. [243 words]
The Better Man
Sonnet by Olef Ransom Saulles - [81 words]
Poem Thread by Olef Ransom Saulles - [110 words]
My Blood Spills Out. by Olef Ransom Saulles - [80 words]
Home To You by Teresa Little Ever drive through the night with that one person traipsing through your mind? Wanting to fly, wis... [139 words]
Happenstance At 79th And Broadway by Olef Ransom Saulles The Dublin House, NY. [154 words]
Darkness by Kishore Daswani It is a poem about being alone, and the feeling that nobody cares if you are dead or not. [113 words]
Daredevle by Olef Ransom Saulles 'they're' is intentional. I am striving for a three-dimensional quality to my writing. The rules of g... [595 words]
Americas Burning, Excerpt. by Olef Ransom Saulles From a longer, unfinished poem. [239 words]
The Sound Of Lovers by Adagio A look at the sadness of lonliness against the contrast of love [147 words]
The Hunger Cult by Martin Rutley Short poem about greed, immorality, and coporate murder in a dying world. [80 words]
The Cartoon Vandals by Martin Rutley The new religion? [66 words]

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TITLE (EDIT)
The Better Man
DESCRIPTION
A poem about a lonely, young, soldier wating for a train to take him back to base. He becomes enamored with a lovely young girl sitting across from him. Although they never speak to each other, the poem describes the few miniutes that take place while they wait for their trains.
[238 words]
AUTHOR
Richard Koss
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Richard Koss, other titles
[November 2001]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
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The Better Man
Richard Koss

Hardwood benches, concrete floors, the musty smell of transient people
waiting for their trains to come, like me, just ordinary people.
A pretty girl, a little child, an old man on his way to dying.
Echoes of the city names, augmented by a baby’s crying.
 
Blue eyes caught me by surprise, her eyes, so clear and bright.
Shyly then, she looked away, my heart was now in flight.
I felt the pangs of yearning, romance rushing through my brain.
With the object of my courting - doomed to vanish on a train.

So little time, our trains will leave, each going to another place.
It pains me now, to realize – she’ll soon be gone without a trace.
Unless, fate decides we’ll share a train - could I be so lucky?
No, it’s Boston where she’s headed - not Louisville Kentucky.

I watched my angel walk away in plain black skirt and funny shoes.
A novice to the game of love, this one for me, was tough to lose.
Then blue eyes gave me one last look that said I was too late.
So I heard my train, picked up my bag, and headed for the gate.

From my window, down the track, I see her join the other two.
NUNS with black skirts, funny shoes, I guess I should’ve had a clue.
I see her for the last time now - she boards the train, her sisters’ clan.
My heart still aches, although I know - I lost her to a better Man.

 

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"Hmm, not bad. I can't say I've ever seen NUNS shopes before, but what can I say? It was a semi interesting poem, but lusting for a second or two does not mean losing the 'possible' love of your life to God. Good job, though." -- Kimberly De Liz.
"Thank you Kimberly for your thoughts. I don't know where you read "shopes," I refer only to funny "shoes." I've read some of your poetry- very thought provoking, but so deep and soul- searching. When I was your age I never wondered about such things because I thought I understood everything.(Boy was I wrong) As for my poem, it's really just a story about a soldier who spots the girl of his dreams,only to see her disappear from his life without a chance to meet her. It's not lust, more like puppy love. When he realizes she's a nun, he doesn't feel so bad losing her to God.(as Catholics, we grew up being told that nuns were married to God.) It's just a story, Kim, no symbolic or mystical message, just a story. And it's true. I know, because that young soldier was me. " -- Dick Koss.
"Shopes.. heh heh... I know I don't understand everything, but despite my age I am going to college in Feb. I really do like your poem, I beg you know, and I hope you continue to write as well as you do now." -- Kimberly De Liz.

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© 2000 Richard Koss
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
August 2000
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