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The Old Man and Me

I once met an old man
He asked me, "How are you, young man?"
I gave the common response of, "Oh, I'm fine. How are you?"
He looked at me for a moment and said, "I doubt that."
My anger came to the surface quickly
Naked in the admission of guilt
"What the hell's that spose to mean!?"
He looks at me for another moment and says something I'll never forget
He says, " I'm old and I've seen a lot of men come and go...
I've never seen one that looked like you and was happy on the inside...
Inside, you're like water beating yourself against rock...
Never content to be still."
 
And rage flared inside me again because he was right
Because he'd seen inside me so easily
I wanted to kiss one cheek and strike the other
I wanted to argue but couldn't
and my frustration showed

He simply waved his hand as if to say,
"Ah, doesn't matter ... just a passing thought."
And in that moment
I saw the young man that he once was
I saw the fire of his youth still burning behind wisdom
I saw the women that had loved him but were never loved back
I saw the parts of himself that he let shatter
and be swept away

Most of all, I saw myself
An old man sitting in his chair
And I loved and hated him for it
Sometimes I wonder what his name was ...
But it's just a passing thought

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  1. Date: 12/25/2013 11:29:00 PM
    Merry Christmas, Caleb, ,, I did not want to leave you out of my Happy Jolly Momment.. Sending you a Christmas Carol.... -- Dashing through the snow In a one horse open sleigh O'er the fields we go Laughing all the way Bells on bob tails ring Making spirits bright What fun it is to laugh and sing A sleighing song tonight Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh HEY! :) <-- You got to love it I do hope you sang with me... Goodnight my friend... LINDA

  1. Date: 6/25/2013 9:46:00 PM
    Hey you...yeh...kinda weird when we realize we are not very good liars..anyway to those people who really mean the phrase how are you..the ones who look and see the body language and lost eyes...this is really good Caleb...on another note.eating the rattler...my nephew the other night put a squirrel he shot...cleaned..well...kinda camping style.. and thru it in a can of wolf brand chili hair and all..mostly for supper..now why did I think of you when he told me this?

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 12:09:00 PM
    Love the title! That drew me ...Gave Hemingway a run for his money! ;) Wow, Caleb....this is so so deep on so many levels! Yes....but you have youth and years in your favor and you can change the world!!! I believe in me. Your poetry will shine on! Hugs!

  1. Date: 6/7/2013 11:48:00 AM
    I mean, I deleted what was in there (an audio link to a breakfast blog I did 2 years back) and since I didn't have words to replace it with, just put in those ellipses, planning to replace it with this poem I was planning to write. But since you were ever so kind as to fave it, I will leave it as is. It is very poetic & profound eh? Beauty of blankness, one of my better writes ;). Those dots say it all & I think your Invisible write said so much more! If I were a member of that site, I would give it a raving review! Think "Emperor's New Clothes" But with a twist, since I honestly do see some message in putting nothing there. In a word, profound.

  1. Date: 6/7/2013 11:43:00 AM
    That must've been quite the unnerving experience, Caleb! I really enjoyed the duality you put in here and the parallels, too... but yes, there certainly are people who seem to be able to look right through you, and of how we can also see ourselves in them, even if you only met them in passing-- another very engaging write from you. Thank you for passing by & the fave- have to admit, it Did blow me away! I never expected That! Made me snicker actually. Because that is a morphing post. But now, cont'd

  1. Date: 6/6/2013 6:31:00 PM
    oh, my, Caleb. YOU WERE BORN TO WRITE. it's a gift and you have it.

  1. Date: 6/6/2013 6:44:00 AM
    :) Love it.

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 10:28:00 PM
    Wow, what an encounter! Seeing the older version of yourself in the flesh... or just a passing thought. I get a lot of cool vibes from this one! When something like this happens you wonder if it's a message from above...

  1. Date: 6/3/2013 5:44:00 PM
    You always have such interesting anecdotes, Caleb. You encounter the most intriguing people (and animals!). I still maintain that you should publish an auto-biography made up of poems!