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This poem is dedicated to the man I see on my way to work every day, standing in front of the Little Caesar's pizza shop, playing his faux guitar...

On the way to work I saw a funny little man,
guitar on his shoulder and a small pick in his hand.
He sang an indistict song as the cars passed him by,
I chuckled as I passed when I heard his soulful cry.

I thought about that man as I drove back home from work,
do some find him amusing, while others just a jerk?
His guitar had no strings and his pick's a piece of wood,
it made me sad to think this was the way he earned his food.

Just then I had a thought, an epiphany of sorts,
this man could be a clown, or a jester in king's court.
For who's to say what's right or to judge a man's career,
how he feeds his family or the values he hold's dear?

Now when I drive past that little pizza shop on main,
I see the funny man singing tunes out in the rain.
The man I used to ridicule I've grown now to respect,
to judge a man I do not know has made me circumspect.
never judge a book by it's cover

changed preview 4/16/14.  new image is actual person poem was written about.  he's been in the local newspaper and is a celebrity of sorts!
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Delice1941 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Observant , reminds me of the musicians we see regularly. They are more fortunate they do have guitars:sun:
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TheFireInsideUs Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I like that statment it is so true!
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thanks for comment
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:iconthefireinsideus:
TheFireInsideUs Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Welcome
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Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Writer
Tom, here is my review for #poeticalcondition.
I noticed at once two features. First was that we use the same style, quatrains composed by rhymed couplets. Second was the font type.i cannot recall which classic britishbwriter started with this format but it seems to succeed throughout time. You have done very well.
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thanks michel. most of my poetry is simple and fixed, usually with a message. but not all (see "Surreality")
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Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Writer
I remembered surreality. I'll read that soon. Good work. Keep going strong.
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thanks
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7LULU7 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's really sad. Did you help him out by giving him some money?
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
haha good question. i'm pretty sure the pizza place is paying him as a human ad
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