Poem: Not Man Enough

Updated on December 4, 2019
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I am a writer. I love to write. I feel words have a way of connecting people together and help us to understand the feelings we share.

"Let Them Go" by Madea

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She was trying
with every bit of her will power
to recover from her illness
but he was afraid,
fearing he might find her
lying helpless on the floor.

His intense fear misled his mind,
believing he was helplessly caged
with no way for escape,
each time he looked into her eyes
he felt like he was less than a man,
as he wondered why he stayed
knowing he was not strong enough to hold on.

He turned into someone
she didn’t recognize,
a person with no heart
who used anger to cover up his pain,
who fled into the arms of another
instead of confessing his undying love.

Leaving them both stranded
feeling lost and alone,
realizing they can no longer turn back
for their time together is gone,
they cannot undue what is already done.

"Not Man Enough" by Jim Diamond

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      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        4 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        Thank you, Ann.

        I appreciate your heartfelt comments.

        Thank you for reading.

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        Ann Carr 

        5 weeks ago from SW England

        Shame that compassion isn't stronger in some people. Love is the key so I suppose this one didn't love enough. But that's easy to say until it's oneself who is in that situation!

        Well done.

        Ann

      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        6 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        Kari,

        I think it must be an awful feeling to let fear take ahold of you this way.

        Thanks for reading.

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        Kari Poulsen 

        6 weeks ago from Ohio

        Isn't it odd how fear leads us to deny what we feel.

      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        6 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        Manatita44,

        I suppose every one handles this sort of thing differently.

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        manatita44 

        6 weeks ago from london

        A big one. Fear can do this to us. The psyche is so different for another. Great poem.

      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        6 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        Thank you so much, Paula.

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        Paula 

        6 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Beautiful Poetry and clearly, appropriated titled. Peace, Paula

      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        6 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        Rosina,

        Thank you so much! Thise are great words for me today. .my Birthday.

        Thank you.

        Have a great nite.

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        Rosina S Khan 

        6 weeks ago

        I appreciate your efforts and promise, Brenda. Looking forward to reading more of your works. All my best. I wish you every success and joyful life.

      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        6 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        Rosina,

        After your suggestion I decided to take a look at my work.

        It seems it has been quite awhile since i wrote of happiness and wonderful endings.

        It has been a good 4 months...there are a couple scattered in there at 2 months.

        Here is a link to one 4 months ago

        https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poem-I-Still-Want-to...

        If you go through profile you will find others back at 4 months and beyond.

        Thank you so much for letting me know.

        Hope you like them snd as promised...i will write a happy one soon.

      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        6 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        Charlie,

        Thank you so much...I am glad you find this one beautiful.

        Thank you.

      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        6 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        John,

        It is sad but it happens to many people.

        Thanks for reading.

      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        6 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        Rosina,

        Thank you so much for your kind heartfelt suggestion.

        If you look through my profile you will find poems with happy endings.

        It has been awhile since I wrote a few good ones like that and i promise to write another one soon.

        Thanks for reading my work.

        I love your comments and suggestions.

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        Charlie Halliday 

        6 weeks ago from Scotland

        Very sad but so true to life Brenda. Beautifully written poem

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        John Hansen 

        6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        You describe such a sad situation, Brenda. It is all too common that one partner in a relationship can not cope when the other is diagnosed with a serious disability or terminal illness. Well-written

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        Rosina S Khan 

        6 weeks ago

        Brenda, this is a good poem where you have portrayed the vanity and incompetence of a man who is most unsuitable for his girl.

        While I love all your poems which carry a tone of sadness and bitterness, I would suggest that you also write poems with happy endings.

        It would make you feel better and the world around you will also smile.

        No hard feelings. Take it easy. It was just a suggestion.

        Keep up your good work!

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