Poem: Recipe for a Broken Man

By Pat Crews ©2015

He is a man who wings
never fully expand
Whose frozen smile
and toasty reception
greet you at the door and
attempt to penetrate your trust
He is a man
who does the bidding of others
and knows not of any
system he would dare to buck

He is a Shepard
with an obscured vision
who does not see the saddened eyes
and broken spirits
of those in his flock
He is a captain
who comes upon deck,
only, after the rough seas
have subsided and the ship
is back on course

He is a pioneer
setting foot on frontier lands
who will never have the weight
to leave one footprint behind.


3 thoughts on “Poem: Recipe for a Broken Man

  1. This is a chilling portrait of a person I would definitely not want to meet, but someone i think I’ve known, once or twice. I particularly like the paradoxical last few lines, expressing what seems like courage but turns out to be weightless lack of influence. (You said it so much better than I!)


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