obituary …

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don quixote
a retired country gentleman
a soldier for truth and justice
died this year
while fighting windmill-dreams
he was assigned to a company
of dreamers
believing that mankind could be saved
but somewhere along the line
lost his shield of faith
and so was easily forced into his grave
by insurgent corporate prostitutes
governmental goat herders
and one-way thinking priests
long before the battle had ended
his heart gave way
and could not heal
from the debt of hopes unfulfilled
and scorn of his past lovers
who promised undying love
but merely gave lethal support
quickly reaching for his purse
upon his death
finding only a daydreamer’s lint
in his ragged pockets
and so they cursed his name
as if he were the villain
not them
but that is the course of life
and history
good is met with evil
and evil
notifies the next of kin

27 thoughts on “obituary …

  1. You never cease to surprise me. Being a Don Quixote worshipper, I couldn’t help but look and am glad I did. Beautifully built.

  2. “evil notifies the next of kin”… the whole piece is wonderfully done, and that last line is like the nail in the coffin… (in a good way)

  3. Love it! Favorite line: “died this year/ while fighting windmill-dreams.” I also really like the ending. The poem has whimsical and surreal undertones which I am fond of. Great post!

  4. Being a Don Quixote fan, this hit home with me. The lethal support surrounds many of us, we battle and hope not to lose faith.

    The windmill line and the last line also will stick with me for some time. Awesome poetry.

  5. Sounds kind of like “Don Quixote:The Existential Version” Amazing. I like when you write poems like this one because the elements of wit and humor seem to balance the harsh realities with a quality degree of levity. That image is mesmerizing, especially the “nose-arm.” Well done.

  6. very nice. we covered don quixote pretty extensively in my literature course this past semester. love the way the battle between realism and idealism in don quixote is reflected in your poem. especially in the audio version.

  7. 1. I now believe fervently that you are intellectually incapable of writing substandard crap

    2. The last five lines are darkly funny and unfortunately true.

    3. Thank you for this poem, enriched with vitamin slpmartin. 🙂

  8. i loved it. hi, it’s mytheleni. i’m organizing my blog right now. thank you for reading my past posts. hope you’ll still follow me here in my new blog. 🙂 hope you dont mind if ill add you to my blog roll for the second time 🙂

  9. We both wrote poems and attendant pics with windmills a day after each other!

    A couple months ago, I came across a website, from Southeast Asia, maybe Thai, and they posted an inspirational poem many had heard at a gathering recited by a religious, or spiritual or inspiring political leader. They assumed it was written by him, and commenters told of how inspiredthey had been.

    It was “The Impossible Dream”. The blogger and none of the posters had any idea. I told them, posted a video of Richard Kiel singing it, from the show. I lost track of it, now sure how they would understand or react to it, out if its cultural context.

    BTW, the photo on my blog is not of the view I see, biking down the river, toward the Naval Park and the harbor, the windmills standing almost parallel along your line of sight, past them maybe 2 miles away, white against the blue of the sky and the water. It is a much more stunning view.

  10. Fantastic!
    I liked these two sections
    “his heart gave way
    and could not heal
    from the debt of hopes unfulfilled
    and scorn of his past lovers
    who promised undying love”

    and the
    ” good meets with evil
    Evil notifies next of kin”

    Well done !! Keep it up!

  11. Don Quixote for president… or the pen-listener who tells it like it is. This is among the best poetry I’ve seen for quite some time… kudos to you.

  12. 1. I love the story of Don Quixote, and the painting you inserted is legit.

    2. “the debt of hopes unfulfilled” is fantastic. I loved that line so much I re-read it a few times to let it soak

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