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The Old Man

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The Old Man

He stood there
Grey hair dirty, long
Unwanted
His grubby shirt faded
Old
Eyes sad, torn
No one
No home
Dirty bag holds food
Pushed aside
Misplaced

Stared at
Stared from
His frame of 
Shocking disclosures
Un-habituated
Sits down
Pauses, pausing
Moving aside

Pulling away
From life
Pulled away from
Us, them
Wrinkled noses
Snickering
Compassion
Compassionless

What happened
What happened to you
In your burrowing world
In your past
Decades
Have passed
Onto your wrinkles
Near death

Your forever lost
And at times
So are we
With our lowered lids.

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  1. Date: 6/9/2012 12:29:00 PM
    Very sad but true... something that needs to be both said and listened to.

  1. Date: 6/1/2012 4:50:00 PM
    very true and sad..nice write

  1. Date: 6/1/2012 4:23:00 PM
    Great poem...the last line is so, so true. BG

  1. Date: 6/1/2012 1:57:00 PM
    Yes Lorraine, there are many in his situation...sorry but true. :( - Very well written this poem, good!!! - oxox love Anne-Lise