a once dignified old gentleman

a study in character
Gnarled fingers holding a book
trousers slopped over
once shining shoes
a brown coat to match
complete with sagging side pockets
reading glasses
perched on his nose
droopy eyes peering through
at pages he slowly but gingerly
flips with his other
gnarled hand.
Standing next to a book shelf
reassuredly trying to hold
his stooped pose
still proud
still eager
still showing that he can dress well
a folded safari hat drops
from his left coat pocket
he doesn’t notice the hat
nor me
staring at him
capturing a piece of him
for ever
down on my writing pad.

-by Lex Lapax (06/06/2004)

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