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Everyone needs someone. Someone who will accept them, listen to them and let them know they are not alone. What of those who have no one?

They may wind up taking drastic measures.

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A different slant on friendship. A little dark - but very real.
that was so sad! that is my new favorite poem! i love it!
I really loved this poem I really almost wanted to cry!It made me think about how friendship is important and how you should charish it!Thank you for writing this poem dude its so sweet!On a scale from 1-10, 1 being the best 10 being the worst,I would say 1 with no doubts at all.
it's touching. when you read it is true and the way the words are set is just marvelous.

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The Dummy

In that forgotten part of town
Where wasted hopes and dreams abound,
A wrinkled man with life near end,
In hopes to have at least one friend,
Fashioned bits of wood and things
And made a dummy run by strings.

He sat alone for hours on end,
Conversing with his only friend
And found delight within the fact
That he controlled it's every act.
He told it how he never had
A chance, since all his luck was bad
Although he'd tried so to succeed -
The dummy nodded and agreed.

And how his journeys in romance
Had never given him a chance,
And wasn't it a crying shame
That he was always held to blame
When everyone knew, oh so well,
That life is but a living Hell,
Controlled by lust and power and greed?
The dummy nodded and agreed.

With patience that would rival saints,
That dummy sat through all complaints
And, with each little expert tug,
He'd droop his head or bow or shrug
And give some comfort to the man
Who held his lifelines in his hand
And helped to fill a lonely need
When he just nodded and agreed.

Senility increased with time
As did the old man's phantomime,
And feverish fingers pulled with glee
The dummy's dance of misery.
They never left each other's side
Until the day both stopped and died.
We found them lying, hand in hand,
The dummy - and his wooden friend.

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been there before,feel as if i am now.
Flows throe the head as it flows throe the pages
i love it ssoooooooo cool make feel gggreat
Hey i read that someone else did this poem for their english assignment. so i read it and decided to do my english assignment on it 2! this is an aawsome poem and it just gets better and better the more you read! u really have talant!
this poem is very nice. i like it.
Wow this poem is really deep, i really liked this poem, i dont know what to say except for that last part with that deep statement, i Liked it a lot
this is a wonderful poem . It touched me deeply.
I liked your poem; especially the juxtapositon of the old man and the marionette. Friends do not always agree with us, and sometimes their differences of opinion help us to see the world in a different way, and thus they expand our horizons, and at times point out weaknesses that we must strengthen. I am half a century old now, and realize that it is important to have friends and to nuture those friendships. In this day and age it is so easy to retreat behind electonic devices where fingers type on keyboards, and eyes focus on cursors, or characters on TV. When in fact, our hearts need to touch and genuinely see and feel that which is in our friends' eyes. Thank you for your poem.
I love this poem so much. Well done. Keep up the good work. May God always Bless you.
that is a great poem luv sarah
Manuela (Nellie)
This poem really touched me i think he write very well. It made me feel thankful that I am loved.
i relly loved this poem,howtrue the words that were written,it really made me think of others
I truly love the poem.
wow. it waz a sweet funny poem i loved it.
It was right down down the point and it made me relize that we should treat one another as if there isn't a tomorrow.
Sweet and touching. Undescribable. (is there such a word?) Simply FANTASTIC! :)
i love this peom.
How can i describle this poem? If i could use 1 word to describe it it would be amazing. This beautiful poem has touched my heart so gracefully that i cannot thank the author enough. During the hardest time in my life this poem helped me up when i fell. It made me want to go on. It will be in my heart and sole for ernity. Thank you so much Micheal Mack.
It was facinatting but yet filled me with wonder! Great Success
jEffOrD rAy
The poem is so touching, especially the unique way of having a friend. It has just made me realize that a friend (no matter what they are) is far more than an adviser or a companion. I'll give it a perfect 10!
hello, excellent poem!I could relate and it felt like it hit home emotionally. ; I am just tired of feeling so bad. jan
whoa, this is very intense. Coming from a guy, this is one of the most beautiful, yet intellectual poems that have I hav come upon. I applaud ya, this poem makes my antholog all the better. thank you! xDDD
I understand completely what is talked about in the poem and it really goes along with what I'm going through. I think that having the dummy as a friend is what I would do. It would be a friend, but not my only one and I would share everthing with it or anyone who really understands.
excsllent poem. very touching.
hey this was a really great poem keep up the good work
I thought that this poem was an excellent one! It's like Genises said in the bible "Everyone needs a friend. " I believe that is true.
this poems made me cry because they were so deep and pierced right into my heart and the ending was very sad how the old man never gave anyone a chance
a beautiful poem
I like the Poem cause it talks about Friendship Itself. wahhahahahaha
Not much. just few words! PRECISE and PERFECT. If one has THAT vision, then entire life can be seen in this Beautiful and Awesome poem! Life is nothing more than a relationship, friend, love. and that too SELFLESS! I m not exaggerating the things. but all this is felt in this poem! Hmmmm! Have much more to say, but. let it be felt in the silence shown by following 3 dots .
i loved it! i think it was so cool
I found this poem very interesting it really touched me and i think there are people out there who read this poem and are very touch by this poem also ''''' i think it is also very comforting the way this man and dummy died peacefully also. well done
this poem made me almost cry and had meaning to it. I liked it because it gave me strength to believe and know that everyone should have a friend!
I really like this poem and I'd Edvice for you to read it
this is such a cute poem!
it's a nice , romantice and little bit sadness pome. i like it very much.
My heart was just freed by Jesus Christ and this poem tells me what it is like to live with a heart of stone.
wow this poemis just so touching i dont see why nobody would comment you or vote for this lovely poem wow its just so amazing i just cant believe it so take my vote and i hope you win ! :] goodness good luck i hope you win!
Totally awsum poem very touching and alot of people can relate to it its great keep up the good work
excellent. superb. amazing
Hey! love your poem. your amazing
this is a very sad and nice song about how the old man had no friends.
I love the sentiments expressed, the message on the true meaning and need of everyone for a real friend is well though. Anybody can identify with the poem and the author sure shared a part of himself to whoever reads it, thank you for sharing this here. I am inspired.
I like the ending because it was funny.
Def liked the story, and the flow. Nice Job.
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