The Man Whom God Forgot

By shadowsinthelight

There is a man whom God forgot
A soul lost from His memory
He exists in His blind spot
This is why he wanders eternally

He does not belong to heaven
He does not belong to hell
Him, neither can claim
For they do not know his name

I met him one starless night
In a cold winter's dream
He walked up to the fire
And sat across from me

I could not focus on his face
Shifting with the flame's dance
Ebony pupils remained clear
In new colors of brilliance

He spoke, "So you sit before me
A lost expression in your eyes
Yes, I do know the secret
The mystery and meaning of life

I can fill your bending ears
Full of cryptic truths and lies
But what I say or you think you hear
Will not change that look in your eyes

But you do have questions tonight
You have one less day in your life
One less day to make things right
You've just spent another day in paradise

You still believe in happiness
And you still believe in love
You have sent your prayers skyward
And received nothing but quiet from above

It may seem very strange
But silence is an answer unto itself
You must learn your own life
Walk the road by yourself

Go ahead, send your prayers outward
But your answers will come from within
It is all in the perception of your mind
The voice of God speaks from within

Love and happiness are phantoms
Living in the corner of your sight
You are fortunate if they touch you
A feeling as fleeting as twilight

I once knew the taste of rain
And the spaces in-between
I once lived a tender touch
And I used to have a dream

Others can remove what you call your own
But you do deflect the wind that blows
As you do reflect the light that glows
You are responsible for your own soul

Take the time to taste the rain
And recall a forgotten face
By remembering a lost name
You have justified their eternal place

And you, God has not forgotten
You are not beyond salvation
Beware, Satan has his eye on you
You are not beyond damnation

You can get by quietly
And manage to survive
Or you can rise above the crowd
Either way, you are alive

Though you may feel all alone
There is only one who is on his own
But you will exist in the eternal frame
If even one remembers your name"

He arose next to the fire
And became the smoke of Good-Bye
He allowed the breeze to take him
And I was left to live or to die

Of all the billions of lives
He lived his in anonymity
His soul slipped through the cracks
Save for one, he did it anonymously

Yes, I will endure the fire
And taste the falling rain
And I will attempt to know
Those spaces in-between

There will be love and hate
Joy and sorrow in my life
But for now
I have just lived another day in paradise

And I will remember
Your face and name
Maybe, one day, for me
You will do the same

©1999 by steve giacomini

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Copyright 2003 shadowsinthelight
Published on Wednesday, March 19, 2003.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • Noel Haiasi On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, Noel Haiasi (44)By person wrote:

    I really liked this write. I really did. It was philosophical, it was interesting, and over all well written. The only problem for me is that you rhymed within with within. Rhyming a word with the same word is kind of my pet peeve, but still I don't think that can detract from my enjoyment of this write.

  • SilentAgony On Sunday, April 14, 2013, SilentAgony (12)By person wrote:

    That was brilliant. Very philosophical. I enjoyed the read.

  • theMayheM On Wednesday, July 4, 2012, theMayheM (96)By person wrote:

    Wow! This is intense. thought provoking. Seems like words of an apostate, lol! Exactly the kind of poetry I write and love to read. Thank You! Keep writing!

  • A former member wrote: Hello friend. This is a very good poem however I thought it may be worth while knowing that someone is copying it and claiming to be the writer. I am a writer too and foolishly gave my work to this girl and now think she may be steeling my work too. She sent me your poem cliaming she had written it and I only now decided to type "The man whom god forgot" into google. Long and behold I found this website with YOUR poem, not hers! I am sorry to be th edeliverer of bad news but from one writer to another I thought it should onlybe fair to warn you. :) need more info by all means le tme know and i'll try and get more info. As for the work I think she may have stollen from me, well i'm going to try and confront her with it first and quickly copywrite it before she has a chance to publish it as her own.

  • River Lily On Thursday, November 4, 2010, River Lily (1160)By person wrote:

    amazing...your heart sings dear poet friend! Scholar

  • gnrrain On Wednesday, May 27, 2009, gnrrain (19)By person wrote:

    I was definately entranced throughtout the whole thing. --David--

  • MESUN On Monday, March 23, 2009, MESUN (232)By person wrote:

    It's funny to return to something and have it make you feel a little at peace the same way it did the first time you found it.

  • Argentum On Sunday, January 13, 2008, Argentum (10)By person wrote:

    I remembered loving this poem when I was a member before. I'm so glad to find it again!

  • Aunty Depressant On Thursday, April 5, 2007, Aunty Depressant (436)By person wrote:

    Yes ..if this is as good as it gets..savoring awareness and honoring others seems like a worthy goal indeed.

  • A former member wrote: Breathe Taking

  • A former member wrote: quite essential it's perverse manner...flows through the creaks where the rivers once flowed.

  • A former member wrote: wow... that was just... wow! i could only dream of writing the way you do :) great job, keepr rockin and writing

  • A former member wrote: a tale most intricately woven by a campfire for the ages, with the fabric of the universe for the faceless years before us... memerable is a litote

  • HalfDarkAngel On Thursday, May 11, 2006, HalfDarkAngel (60)By person wrote:

    This is the most amazing piece of work i've ever seen on this site

  • A former member wrote: That was beautiful. As I read the words, I was taken on a journey. Bravo!

  • MESUN On Thursday, September 15, 2005, MESUN (232)By person wrote:

    yeah, i am one of the expired number posts below, and my reactions are still the same.

  • Serenity On Thursday, April 7, 2005, Serenity (470)By person wrote:

    So beautiful

  • happilydepressed On Wednesday, February 16, 2005, happilydepressed (171)By person wrote:

    *in awe*

  • Dei On Monday, December 27, 2004, Dei (703)By person wrote:

    it was really long, which usually puts me off, even with my own works, but this one kept my attention. even flow and rythm.

  • Butterfly On Wednesday, December 8, 2004, Butterfly (102)By person wrote:

    This was really awesome. It flowed so nice this was just awesome.

  • A former member wrote: the flow, the flow man. awe striking. "You are not beyond salvation," "You are not beyond damnation." great.

  • A former member wrote: this was excellent all the way though the rhyming the content it was all just masterfully done

  • Rebel_Angel On Monday, September 6, 2004, Rebel_Angel (328)By person wrote:

    Wow, I loved this piece, I wish I could write half as good as u.

  • Liath On Friday, May 21, 2004, Liath (35)By person wrote:

    This is such an awesome piece. I printed it off and showed a fwe of my friends, and one of my teachers who is a writer himself, and he was amazed with the simplicity of the words..yet the power is unreal. Favorited!!

  • Mr King On Friday, May 14, 2004, Mr King (548)By person wrote:

    Amazing work... A favorite!

  • A former member wrote: wow ::silence:: what words are there to express this?

  • Raze Drake On Sunday, December 7, 2003, Raze Drake (86)By person wrote:

    I stand up and clap for this peoce. It was absolutly great, and is highly regarded as one of the best ones I have read here.

  • Ophelia On Saturday, September 6, 2003, Ophelia (228)By person wrote:

    I must thank Matt for the fav. lists or I would have never read this, and it's well words just don't seem right, great.......O.

  • Recycled On Saturday, September 6, 2003, Recycled (98)By person wrote:

    This belongs on the all time ten best poems of the site. (Old site and new site combined)

  • spontaneous_insanity On Wednesday, September 3, 2003, spontaneous_insanity (10)By person wrote:

    This is absolutly great. It flowed wonderfully, but more importantly it had a great concept. You've shed a new light on "Those spaces in-between". ~SI~

  • aNaRcHyPoEt On Saturday, August 2, 2003, aNaRcHyPoEt (24)By person wrote:

    This was truly brilliant and amazing...made me think and i read it over and over again to make sure i captured everything. Wow.

  • liquid_emotion On Tuesday, April 1, 2003, liquid_emotion (356)By person wrote:

    fucking brilliant.

  • manywalks On Sunday, March 23, 2003, manywalks (772)By person wrote:

    "Shifting with the flame's dance", ya know I may have to just borrow that line.

  • A former member wrote: i must say FUCKNGOODSHIT!

  • A former member wrote: That was really wonderful...I've read it 3 times now and everytime it gets better! GOOD JOB!!!!

  • maddin foxxxy On Wednesday, March 19, 2003, maddin foxxxy (362)By person wrote:

    definetly one of my favorites! this poem is so inspiring and so well's one of those u must read from time to time to feel alive! thanks

  • Ravenblade On Wednesday, March 19, 2003, Ravenblade (323)By person wrote:

    That is such an awesome poem, I really like the way its written as well as the whole point of it. I can relate so well to it, and it does have a really good flow to it.

  • diavolessa On Wednesday, March 19, 2003, diavolessa (225)By person wrote:

    woooow! this was great! it goes into my fav! keep it up! :)

  • Six-Out On Wednesday, March 19, 2003, Six-Out (1481)By person wrote:

    Steve, wow.

  • WraithRider On Saturday, June 14, 2003, WraithRider (5)By person wrote:

    omfg steve. this is one of ur best

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