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Deuce-Poem by Sanjeev Sethi
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Desperate for Entertainment-Poem by Michael Marrotti
Poetry in Need-Poem by Michael Marrotti
One Man Can Only Take So Much-Poem by Michael Marrotti
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No Place Like Home
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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

One Man Can Only Take So Much

 

by Michael Marrotti

 

 

I've sacrificed

more than

you could

ponder

 

Dropped

my standards

from the peak

of the bridge

down to the

Allegheny River

over one

too many

personality

disorders

just to hold

your fragile hand

 

We fucked

in the strangest

places

 

I recollect

holding my breath

in the porta john

the end result

was dripping off

your pretty face

like milky tears

of a future mistake

 

From day to day

you were a

different person

the pussy always

remained the same

 

If I could pick

the one

I enjoyed most

I wouldn't

waste my time

 

Time is precious

now it's a thing

of the past

 

I'll never get

those days back

I've called it quits

 

Life is too short

to always feel

like a loser

 

One man

against

any army

doesn't

stand a chance

 

 

 

Michael Marrotti is an author from Pittsburgh, using words instead of violence to mitigate the suffering of life in a callous world of redundancy. His primary goal is to help other people. He considers poetry to be a form of philanthropy. When he's not writing, he's volunteering at the Light of Life homeless shelter on a weekly basis. If you appreciate the man's work, please check out his book, F.D.A. Approved Poetry, available at Amazon.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2017