An ode to the man who didn’t ask

23 Sep
Sitting there
On the pavement
Against the wall.
Your concrete sofa
Your chaise longe
You sit reclined.
Legs outstretched into my path.
Exhuding an
Atmosphere of regality.
This is your street
You breathe through a
Smouldering cigarette
Not bothering to
Pull it from your lips.
Denying yourself the London air,
Ash threatening to fall on your
Marked jacket.
You don’t mind
Your outfit
A dusty street man’s,
Mismatched and well worn.
3 pairs of trousers
Rolled carefully to different lengths
A strange rainbow of colour
Against the grey of your pavement
You stare.
Moving only your eyes
As people open shops
Beginning their working days.
Fueled on good nights sleep and steaming coffees.
A different life
Ruled by ticking clocks and ringing phones
I wonder
What is going through your head?
Maybe nothing,
A simple fog of morning sleepiness.
Maybe jealousy or intrigue
At the lives of passers by.
Or perhaps bemusement at our complicated existence
But I sense a disconnectedness
A blasé
An unaffectedness
That says
This is my world.
You live yours
You do not ask of me,
Or speak
Or look
As I expected.
You don’t interrupt the moments I spend
Seeking my key
An opportunity to request change or food
As many would
Did you even see me?
Notice me?
I am touched by the irony of this
The lack of exchange,
You have turned the tables
The un-noticing
Becoming the unnoticed
This is my world
You live yours

7 Responses to “An ode to the man who didn’t ask”

  1. jo September 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    this painted a nice picture in my mind

  2. Word Player September 23, 2010 at 5:10 pm #

    I stumbled across your blog and enjoyed reading this post.

    • Anna and Her Biro September 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed it.

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. LKD September 23, 2010 at 6:32 pm #

    I really, really like this. Nice twist at the end!

    Keep writing!

  4. faisalarshad September 28, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    Wondrous work!!

  5. x1123581321x September 30, 2010 at 1:36 am #

    You are O.K.

  6. Kellie Elmore October 10, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

    i love when i can SEE what I am reading! You are such a descriptive and have a wonderful ability to paint a scene with words! I would LOVE for u to check out my “Creative Playground” tab on my blog and click on my site “Social Muze”! It’s a little site I put together for my blog and AllPoetry dot com friends to talk about art, photography, poetry etc… 🙂 I would love for you to be a part of it! At least take a peak 🙂 I will def be back!!! 🙂

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