Candid End

At last his struggle
to the end game
seemed worth doing,
a manuscript ringing true,
money to come

He revealed his life,
sharing catastrophes in camaraderie
with the disheveled man on the ledge
telling him not to jump from hope

His compassion he thought
stopped the poor one from suicide,
his own suffering transformed to wisdom

He felt like a hero for the first time ever
but the camera showed
it was all a joke: just a
ragged stunt actor
for Gotcha TV
working to slander down the foolish

He went home to his hovel
next to the brothel,
shot himself to death
where the neighbors found it
great entertainment to
watch the coroner coldly
dissect the carcass of his soul
savior of an actor’s career
—- Douglas Gilbert
(Henry Le Châtelier)

Poetry Books By Douglas Gilbert

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