Shawn L. Bird

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poem- old street June 18, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:18 am
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The old man

who lived in

the corner house

with the red front stairs

always had

time to

listen.

 

20 Responses to “poem- old street”

  1. teasingnotions Says:

    curious, wondering if you might be playing with Mr. Williams here. 🙂

  2. I love this. While it’s absolutely perfect on its own, my brain goes trotting off into the tall grass of Story like an old mutt after an interesting scent.

  3. colonialist Says:

    Listening properly is a rare art …

  4. cphickey77 Says:

    I know that guy. It’s a pity not many take the time to stop and listen to him. I always love to make eye contact with elderly folks. I have hope that I get to where there are someday. I find that the acknowledgment is all that is wanted. People busy themselves too often and just walk on past. There are stories in those faces, and they need to be heard. Thanks for the poem. It made me remember the small deeds that reap great rewards. Nothing better than getting a smile for saying hello.

    • This particular gentleman lived across the alley from us, and was quite content to have 4 or 5 year old me show up in his garden and chatter away with him. I remember sitting on his red front steps with him, watching the cars go by.

  5. Grumpa Joe Says:

    I was beginning to fall in love with you until I saw your photo with a diamond stud in your nose. Ugh! Good poetry, tho.

  6. babylondogs Says:

    I like this! Simple but complete. It conjures a great image and makes me want to know more about the “old man.” Very nice.

  7. Reminds me of a William Carlos Williams poem.


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