“Tell Me Off- $1.00”

Inside local pub
college kids, enjoying a night
of privileged immortality
tap-handles form a memorial
to the seasonal brews, now forgotten
black and white photos display
a time before, and one
calls for attention

older man, sitting next to his bicycle
he is laughing,
a can at his feet, a sign in hand
“Tell me off- $1.00”
written carefully

I cannot help but share
in his now silent laugh
as I think of what stories he must have had
what brilliant simplicity
a service, with a smile
education is beneficial
but not without wisdom such as his.

© M. Black, 2016 All rights reserved.


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