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Growing Old

2013-12-31 13.54.50

He stands at the bus stop, listing like a ship in a North Sea gale.

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The plainness of his war torn face hiding the pain of his existence. His aura tells it all…

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The splendour of the October sunshine no compensation to a picture of loneliness, in this suburb of relentless footfall.

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I’m afraid of being old…..

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The bus arrives, like a Good Samaritan, but in duty not benevolence.

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A pathetic figure slumps forward- clutching the stairwell like a tortured prisoner climbing the scaffold, aware of his inconvenience to youthful humanity.

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Hurried shoppers stair with thinly veiled annoyance at his palsied hands shaking in their search for loose change.

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I’m afraid of being old…..

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The full cabin of this mobile shoe box offers a single crumb of connection. A stranger smiles and offers a relieving seat…

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Conversation in brief, yet relief for the mind- but too soon the bus ends its duty.

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He leaves in best haste, and plants his stick to the pavement and firms himself , slightly slipping as he heavies on a leaf, both crisp and sodden.

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I’m afraid of being old…..

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Pangs of kinship, from pleasant exchange, disappear with the watery autumn sun. Ever distant memory of his sole exchange this day……

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He ponders his empty itinerary, and slowly gathers himself.

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Then alone he hastens into the encroaching night and tries to harden to the loneliness it brings…..

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I’m afraid of being old…..

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