Thursday, October 8, 2015


Quite elderly man with too-long beard 
And uniquely-patterned sweat-stained cap,
Clutches hard-earned cup in public coffee shop,
Taking fatherly delight in anonymous observation
Of two women in intimate, animated conversation.

Gratitude for man's free access to enjoyment
That softens his loneliness and isolation.

Ann Beth Blake
(c) October 8, 2015

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