He shakes his silvered head
like an old stallion comprehending
little but oats and sugar cubes.

Gaiety surges around tables:
white water roaring past
giant solitary boulders.

Servers bring salads, cheeses
lasagnas, chicken, roast boar—
tastebuds decline, overwhelmed.

A tango brings suits and gowns
suddenly animate to the floor
grannies rock chairs in rhythm.

Words crash against walls of sound
come in spurts like short wave radio:
politics, health, squirrels at feeders.

He remembers shaking his shiny mane
sharing nuzzled confidences,
warm sun instead of this winter.

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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