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POEM: Man Up Man Down

One only ever got As at school
Two got expelled yet was nobody’s fool

Three fell out with his virtual world
Four fell out with his only girl

Five fought too long on foreign sand
Six couldn’t keep paying with cash in hand

Seven kept house, kept kids, kept calm
Eight cut a hundred lines on his arm

Nine had a lifelong wife that died
Ten was a man that never cried

Eleven was a man who everyone loved
Twelve was a man who’d had enough

It is fine to rhyme and be poetic
But twelve men down a day is tragic

 

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  1. Thank you to everyone who Liked and shared my poem. Best wishes, Peter

    Peter Raynard 16th November 2014 at 8:41 pm

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