My October Word of the Month poem

BULLETIN: We have our first posted poem by a student!! Please click on YOUNG POETS W.O.M. POEMS to enjoy the work of Kelly Kusterman’s 4th grade student, Ana. Hooray for Ana!

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Hi everyone,

Here it is.

In the Park
David L. Harrison

I saw a man, mid-nineties easy,
sitting alone on a bench.
Shoulders squared he watched
from under shrubby brows
the parade of park goers
strolling, dog walking, buggy pushing
along the path.
Mostly his eyes lingered
on shapely-legged mini-skirted young women
on lunch break from nearby offices,
and the bobulating breasts of joggers.

Some of the girls smiled as they passed.
I saw him nod, his vein-corded hands
resting lightly on the ivory knob of his cane.

At 1:00 the old gent rose.
In a series of small maneuvers,
he placed one hand on the bench,
used it and the cane to push himself,
slowly erect.

He stood for a time, setting his bearings,
then walked carefully, head high,
to the nearby bus stop.

Somehow he managed to pull himself
up the steps, pay his fare, and take a seat
as the bus rumbled away,
and I realized
I had just witnessed
a successful girl watching spree.

14 comments on “My October Word of the Month poem

    • Good morning, Jeanne! The arthritis part was real enough. The rest was a figment of my imagination. Sort of a nonfiction poem you might say.

    • Hi, Dear Mary Nida. True enough. As the going becomes creeping and flowing is down to a trickle, keep on a’going.

  1. This makes me want to have a poetry session with all ages to see what comes of their imaginary ‘sprees’, each one an adventure. Beautiful little story captured here, David.

    • Thank you, Linda. I don’t suppose that Highlights would be interested in such a workshop but someone somewhere might. It would be fun.

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