The Man with No Name
Arising out of the mirage of the desert, a minstrel
comes riding, pauncho draped across shoulder,
personifying the archetype of the anti-hero.
He is the man with no name,
Not seeking fame, fortune, or gain.
Riding tall astride his horse,
his few choice words coarse, voice hoarse,
from days and nights on the trail.
This is the tale of his past travails.
Not seeking fame, fortune, or gain,
He is the man with no name.
Taking on the shape of past incarnations,
such as the face of Elvis, or Jim Morrison,
previous lives, separate forms,
different voices, same song at the core.
You, did you live in vain?
For the songs that you sang?
Did people listen to the words you expressed?
Or were they just intoxicated with your success?
An Image placed on a pedestal,
a Symbol chiseled into stone,
once created, hard to dethrone..
When he rode into town,
crowds gathered from all around,
he drove them wild,
with lyrics that flowed like honey,
song and verse that beguiled,
harmonizing with a hypnotizing beat,
captivating them, holding them hostage,
in a prison built for two,
separating viewer from the viewed.
How could he be free?
Inside this cell of his own making?
Imprisoned inside this glass tower,
his mind poisoned by this rise to power.
He was at the summit,
the peak of his success,
when he learned the limits,
the limits to being famous.
The blessed serenity of being nobody,
choosing death in an attempt to flee,
from this cursed imprisonment
of the audiences' enchantment.
Now when he comes into town,
He is the man with no name,
Not seeking fame, fortune or gain.
He comes without making a sound,
riding his horse surreptitiously,
through the crowded city streets,
an outsider he rides in stealth, silently!
Inspiring a few kindred souls here and there,
with a few choice verses carefully prepared.
Knowing when its his cue to escape,
back into the mirage of the desert landscape.
Not seeking fame, fortune, or gain,
He is the man with no name...

ailil   ailil wrote
on 7/2/2009 10:41:33 AM
Thanks for these comments..

ailil   ailil wrote
on 7/2/2009 10:40:46 AM
Thanks.. for the comment Wan...

ailil   ailil wrote
on 7/2/2009 12:30:49 AM
Thanks for the comments and the editing suggestions.. I will consider that!

ailil   ailil wrote
on 7/2/2009 12:30:21 AM
Thanks.. and thanks for the suggestions.. I will look at that..

WAN   WAN wrote
on 7/1/2009 10:27:45 PM
I can also switch the "the man with no name" with Michael Jackson:) driving most of the people in the world with his music, He used to be on top of the tower but because of the fame he gain, money too, he wanted more power but every human has a limit in this world. Great poem story you have here.

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