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I Once Met Him

January 4, 2014
By Dedos83 GOLD, Park City, Utah
Dedos83 GOLD, Park City, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
"I'm starting with the man in the mirror." -Michael Jackson

No. Wide.
Beautifully round at the tip.
Coming out of his face
In a straight, somewhat comedic way.
And he’s old.
With long ears that
Have gray hair showing.
He’s a character from a book.
A caricature from the Sunday funnies,
A Picasso painting that portrays age.
He reads the newspaper
Shaking the pages
With his veined hands.
His eyes small and shimmering.
And the wrinkles on his face
Softly whispering for you to iron them.

He looks like a creature.
A troll.
No. An ogre.
Eating children and raisins
With his dentured mouth.
Yet he’s not evil.
There is a love in his pupils
That shows when he thinks of his life.
Recalling his twenties
And the first time he kissed his wife.

He is old,
But he wants to feel young again
Asking the young ones of their lives
And complaining of technology.
To himself he weeps gently,
He has outlived his two children.
He’s a father.
No. A grandfather.
The kind that spoils the young ones
While occasionally forgetting their names.
His steps are firm and
Every one with a purpose.
The cane is unnecessary
At least it seems that way.

He is the man next to me
On the train.
Yes. Right next to the window
For he says he enjoys the scenery.

Every stop he looks at me with a wide smile
As he jokingly raises his eyebrows
And lowers them
In a quick repeating manner.

He got out before me
And I thought I would not see him him again.
But there he is
With the same light in his eyes
From the time I met him.
There he is in the pages of the newspaper
He enjoyed to read.
There he is.

The author's comments:
There was a man who sat next to me on the train, and although we did not talk, I still felt like he had a lot to say with his way of being, and this is what I felt his story would be.

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itsana GOLD said...
on Jan. 9 2014 at 1:32 pm
itsana GOLD, Plano, Texas
12 articles 0 photos 47 comments

Favorite Quote:
"best way to save humanity is to turn the monsters against one another"~neil shusterman

Oh my God. I LOVE this. It's so ... perfect. Left me speechless and it went right to my heart. Thank you so much for sharing this. It's truly beautiful and I loved every single word. Keep writing cuz you did an amazing job. (: