Man Refusing Food

Man Refusing Food

A Poem by George Coombs

again linked to my work among peoplein prison


Man Refusing Food

i knew him

           man alone

leaving the cruel

air signed

with his cries...


pained movement

to his closing


man refusing food



by predatory state...

it took a long time

they watched

all they did

was watch

him fade

into waiting shadows

i knew him

i remember

him now...

in winter where

snow gilds

skeletal branches

as a malignant



fallen, frail,


i remember

his final


then he

fled forbidding

prison walls,

darkness gathered him

in his frailty,

final freedom

in the waiting light

George Coombs

© 2017 George Coombs

Author's Note

George Coombs
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We want "control" of our selves and existence and will try to reclaim it anyway we can. We too often forget that life AND the world are NOT fair. Sometimes Karma does seem to exist. And that nothing is ever - free.

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George Coombs

1 Week Ago

Thankyou Chris
Haunting, sad poem leaves me desolate. Starkly beautiful words, form, flow ....accounting of a man's taking final control of his tortured life. Personal, touching, deeply emotional..." "i knew him"- R.I.P. Well-penned.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago

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George Coombs

3 Weeks Ago

Thankyou so much Annette, your kind review is so helpful and encouraging
Annette Pisano Higley

3 Weeks Ago

You are very welcome!

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Added on September 21, 2017
Last Updated on September 21, 2017
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George Coombs
George Coombs

Brighton and Hove, Southern, United Kingdom

I am a retired lecturer from Hove in Southrn England. I write poetry, stories, essays and also draw and paint more..