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heaven's open doors

Take me into your open arms

take me out of this horrid harm

I'm falling apart piece by piece

I need your help and this pain to cease

so help me rest and help me last

and when I finally come to your rugged path

let me in and please don't laugh

my hair is cut and a rugged brown

my face is scarred with a permanent frown

my clothes are torn and my skin is leathery

my eyes are dark and my brain is feathery

my hands are bloody but still have strength

my posture is bad but my form has length

my teeth are yellow and I don't have a lot

my fingernails are worn and I've begun to rot

I'm not dead yet and I will try to survive

to get to heaven's doors which are always open wide

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this poem a lot. I know that you know someone like this; even if it is just in passing. Maybe someone you see as you pass by them on the street. I know too, that you smile at them and wish them a good day! I was touched by your portrayal of their face and demeanor. Typos - [always] in the last line and [permite]? I think you mean [permanent]. ~ Geezer.

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I like the piece.

Why did you separate your lines? The rhythm and rhyme strive to connect, it seems to me. Ah, however what do I know? It’s a great piece.

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do you think it would look and flow better with the lines together? I'm not one to judge i'm an amateur.

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As i understand it, can be used for emphasis, organization, direction of the images in the piece. I bet someone else here with a elevated writing/literature degree might chime in here.

Keep up your good work!

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Hey! I don't actually have any degrees or formal education in poetry, but I have been writing and studying Western structured poetry for about 8 years now.
The way you have the lines spaced actually does help with reading this form of poem. You see, with 1 - the way it does not have verses but is a continuous thought, and 2 - has many lines which begin with the same or similar words ("My" being the biggest example) having the lines spaced does make for easier, more comprehensive reading. If you were considering getting rid of the lines, I would not advise it. This structure looks good the way it is (and is actually what 'enticed' me to open and finish reading this poem in the first place). *thumbs up*

"To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's true aim." Oscar Wilde

Hi Viv, love your poem. A lot of us must feel this way with the pandemic. We're getting old and brittle with no end in sight, except Heaven's door.
I think you have one extra beat in the last line, at least. Didn't check all your poem, I'm an amateur at forms.
The title, spacing, theme and all else are fine. Enjoyed.
Best, Gracy

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