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Monday Poetry Train/A Man Like Any Other


A Man Like Any Other


He closes eyes made gritty

By stolen hours of sleep.

    He=s solid only–in realms

    Of shadows and unspoken despair.

He blindly reaches out

To grasp what he cannot see,

To find purchase in another night

Spent upright, in a lone kitchen chair.


To the outside world

He=s an ordinary man.

    Made solid only– in realms

    Of burden and elbow grease.

While alone, here in the dark

He is but one soul among many,

Seeking an end to his long and

Resigned search for peace.



This is certainly not one of my best, but considering I did rewrites on two chapters today–one of which had to be completely rewritten, I don’t have the energy to search out a better one.  I am, however, stoked on the two chapters.  <g> 


Hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!


Oh yes, this is just one stop on Rhian’s Monday Poetry Train ride— make sure to check out the others.


  1. May 28, 2007    

    Rinda – i REALLY really like this one. it’s first time i recall feeling a poem had a black and white photo quality to it…if that makes any sense. I can see this poem in my head with the grainy, artistic texture and lighting of a black and white photo.

  2. May 28, 2007    

    “He’s an ordinary man.

    Made solid only– in realms

    Of burden and elbow grease.”

    What evocative lines. Gives us his outer persona and lets us peek into his inner life, all in 14 words. Really enjoyed it.

  3. May 28, 2007    

    Rhian, I actually had a better image picked out for this one. Talk about emotive. I was all set to load and looked closer. He was sitting on a toilet.

    Thanks, Julia! I was expecting grumbles over those lines. 😉

    I’ll cross my fingers for your CP’s books, too. Rachel is sure helping me to get mine ready to go, so I’m hoping by this time next year, I’ll be sighting my own, too. I

  4. lillianfeisty lillianfeisty
    May 28, 2007    

    I totally agree-this poem really goes well wit the photo. I think it’s awesome!

  5. May 28, 2007    

    Wonderfully stark and all too real! Great poem, Rinda!

  6. May 28, 2007    

    I think this is a beautiful poem. The final 3 lines gave me a shivery feeling (in a good way!).

    p.s. I love the new design for your blog! 🙂

  7. May 29, 2007    

    no, no – i meant the POEM itself felt like a B&W photo. errr – i knew i wasn’t going to convey my complex response to that poem very well.

  8. Ann Ann
    May 29, 2007    

    Great poem. Loved the comment about the other photo (LOL). Have a safe and happy Memorial Day.

  9. May 29, 2007    

    Oh Rhian, you did convey your response well. I was just sharing a funny. I understood what you meant very well and was flattered, actually. 🙂

    Thanks Karen–I think the other one had too much stuff going on. heh heh

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