Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Gray-Haired Man Holding a Sign at the Intersection of Highway 34 and Interstate 5

His tongue is thick, heavy
from old age and a lifetime
of getting things wrong.

His middle is thick, too,
a rub-worthy source of pride
and all he has left.

The inside of his head
is a thick roux of regret
that makes sleeping a far too easy thing.

His thickness stops, though,
at the thinness of his lips,
as tight and as revealing as his squint.



First appeared in RAIN Magazine - 2016

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