postponements…

life’s faded
to-do list
held in hands
marred
by time
once strong line
discolored
by
hope’s tears
over the years
promises
made
and sought
now
for naught
an
old man
his mirror
a last friend

where do they come from…

where do they come from

each day
after work
as he sits
on
his
bar stool
he tells
himself
liquid lies
and
shares
aloud
with all
in earshot
the details
of his existence
how beer
has no effect
on him
though
he struggled
to return to his perch
after
a mandatory
biological respite
plumber
by trade
over
60 years
no retirement in sight
no
retirement funds
in sight
his political views
permeate the air
with
jovial comments
about
those he distrusts
until
his
usual dinner arrives
afterwards
he
departs
to complete
his definition
of
loneliness

your loneliness proceeds you…

your loneliness proceeds you

been watching
the way
you’re
surveying the room
as if
you’re lost
or
wanting to find
someone
to fulfill
your dreams
but dreams
are secrets
that pass
from the heart
to the mind
just for you
to hear
but
right now
we all
can hear
and
it would
appear that
anyone
would
do