Keith & Lorrie (1989)

Keith and Lorrie’s Love story

I’ve heard it many times

It came flooding back

fresh to my mind tonight

As I heard Lorrie singing in his memory,

& of what seeing him again might

be like, what I saw when I looked

into her eyes is the pain of his loss is

still fresh to her as if it were still 1989

The year Keith left this world behind

By: J.N.R Dutton

Masculine Tears

Many men were raised up in a time

Where a man ever crying was largely seen

in a sense as a crime that undermined

their masculinity

They were called a sissy or a pantywaist

Humiliated and disgraced

Now, petty whining, I don’t advocate

but sometimes a man crying DOES have it’s place

like if he’s dealing w/a broken heart

if his home & family are falling apart

There’s no shame in expressing grief and pain

it doesn’t make him weak or lame

By: J.N.R Dutton

Crying Out

Earlier, I stumbled across some poetry

Deep & dark as raven’s wings

that just seemed to scream “read me”

I didn’t go seeking it specifically

Driven by any morbid curiosity

but it had elements & feelings

deeply familiar to me,

Like anguish & grief

I could totally understand it all

It felt like the writer was in a place

That not long ago, I used to be

Crying out for healing

Longing to be free

By:J.N.R Dutton

Sweet Ruby

They laid his sweet Ruby under a live oak,

buried in her favorite red dress & cloak

The day they laid her down to rest, He did his best,

to hold on to the last words that she spoke,

She’d said to him as she’d given him one last kiss:

“I love you now & I always will, I know this loss is a bitter pill,

but rest assured I’ll see you again, & always remember this,

that for forty three years,through ice & fire & raging winds,

you were the man I love & my best friend”

By:J.N.R Dutton

Shards

Joe thought things were going fine

Til he came across messages one night

That cut into his soul just like a knife

They were between another man

& Joe’s wife

The things she said, he couldn’t believe,

Like that she hated him & she wanted to leave

Joe felt like his heart was in shards,

in agony & left to bleed

He wondered how

he’d been too blind to see

What was then so glaring

His wife said when caught,

that she was just lonely & angry

That the words didn’t mean a thing

despite what he’d clearly seen

Joe felt like he’d been stabbed in the back,

Wondered how they could ever come back from that

By:J.N.R Dutton

Lived & Loved

In a quiet church yard rose garden,

a woman knelt and gently wept

Remembering her husband

and the one promise that he hadn’t kept

For thirty years they Lived & Loved,

together they’d been dreaming of

Spending their golden years hand in hand,

but then his illness came

& sadly it stole away that plan

but when she looks back on the time that they got

She smiles & thinks she couldn’t have had a better man

By:J.N.R Dutton

Man of Steel

Billy thought his Uncle Jack was Superman

& he wanted to be just like him

Jack, well he was tough as nails

Never backed down from anything,

never seemed to fail

Then came one battle that Jack couldn’t win

It took his life when Billy was ten

It was then Billy learned how real grief feels

but to him, Jack would always be the Man of Steel

By:J.N.R Dutton

Hellfire and Rain

They lost a child, in 1993, it shattered the family

You know they tried to ease their pain

but nothing was ever quite the same

When they laid him in the grave

they hadn’t even picked his name

Feels like they’ve been through hellfire and rain

Everything that could go wrong,

seems like it’s come their way

Yet somewhere, they find the strength

to carry on just one more day

By:J.N.R Dutton