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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sellout (05/26/11)

TITLE: The Worn Out Man
By Jim McWhinnie
05/31/11


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he was a worn out man,
worn out by a war that never have ought to have been,
worn out by the weathering of winter cold and summer heat,
worn out by the wages of sin,
some of it, self-inflicted,
some of it, simply come upon in the come-upon places of life.
he was a worn out man in worn out clothes
barely living in a worn out part of town.
begging nickels from the passers-by
to trade for day old bread and leftover pie,
to sleep one more night on a surplus cot
beneath the light of a worn out mission cross.
he was a worn out man, a depreciated man
a street vendor with nothing much left to sell,
just a two tooth smile and a tip of a worn out hat,
and a few muttered words of thanks.
all sold out, yes, all sold out,
this worn out man in his worn out shoes
all sold out with not much else to do.


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Patricia Turner06/04/11
A tragic tale but nicely told. Would love to have seen a little hope peppered into this one, but I do like it.
Bonnie Bowden06/06/11
This is such a sad tale. The truth is that there are too many war veterans out in the streets as homeless.
Noel Mitaxa 06/07/11
Having worked with people like this, I resonate with your pictures, for the tragedy is that so many of these worn-out people are aged well beyond their years.
Noel Mitaxa 06/07/11
Having worked with people like this, I resonate with your pictures, for the tragedy is that so many of these worn-out people are aged well beyond their years.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/09/11
You managed to say so much and the flow seemed effortless.
Congratulations for ranking 8th in Masters and 11th overall!