Old Man sits on a bench. New Bench made in new factory sits by a new road paved with new machines. Old Man sits by himself. Old friends lie in new graves. Old homes lie under new cities. Old Man looks at the sky. New Sky filled with new smoke looks ugly smells bad tastes different. covers New Horizon. Old Man watches people go by. Young people with new lives new concerns new jobs and new clothes. They don't see Old Man. Old Man folds the newspaper on his lap. Newspaper tells about New politicians making new laws for new purposes that push Old Man aside. Old Man doesn't see Young People or New World. Old Man sees memories hears old voices jokes with old friends taps his foot to old songs cries old feelings. Old Man lives. doesn't despair. Old Man plays the game people play. Old man won.
© Lorrin Nelson