Thursday, November 5, 2009

here lies the charlatan

how sad, that he never was who he was.
he was always someone else.
how sad, that he never went to the places he wanted to go.
he was always somewhere else.
never ate the foods.
never drank the drinks.
never danced the dances.
never told anyone who he really was.
how sad, that he lived in fear of being discovered.
what a shame, that he never spoke the words he wanted to say.
and never said them the way he wanted to.
what a shame, that he sat at his desk, paralyzed.
what a shame, that he penned this eulogy in the prime of his life.
with the colored ink he so adored.
at a job that made him more money than most.
with a family that loved him.
with fine clothing, fine food, and a fine home.
what a shame, that in his quest to be all things to all people, he was little to himself.

13 comments:

IB said...

This is good. Really, really, good.

Do we all get to this point? The point where we wonder who we really are as opposed to who we have pretended to be in the name of being responsible?

Maybe the answer is, yes.

Rock on dude. This one took guts.

Oh My Goddess said...

So many men have become this kind of man. It is so sad to me.
Please tell me it isn't too late for this man?

justsomethoughts... said...

ib - thank you. i think we all do.
though some more than others.

and that brings me to...

goddess - "too late" is a relative term. too late for whom. and for what. the game of life has many participants.

♥ Braja said...

Damn, this is so good, R....so good...you've really captured wastefulness at it's peak....brilliant....

justsomethoughts... said...

braja - thank you. very much.

The Dental Maven said...

Wow. That's definitely one of your best, JST!

creative kerfuffle said...

i hope the man finds himself before the eulogy gets read. sometimes it takes something drastic to wake people up.
good post : )

justsomethoughts... said...
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justsomethoughts... said...

maven - thank you.

creative one - thank you. it does.

Pauline said...

What an excellent observation!

Diane said...

Oh. Man. I so don't want to be that guy. Or girl.

Excellent, my friend.

And now? I'm going to do some stuff I've been wanting to do... xo

Irish Gumbo said...

stop writing my bio, dammit.

brilliant, gutsy, glad to have company jumping out of the plane.

justsomethoughts... said...

pauline - thank you.

diane - thank you. and i hope you got done what you wanted to get done.

irish - i will not! i'm right behind you pal. don't crowd the door.