Poemdog

Dogs 2016

MAN DOWN THE HALL
(5/30/16)


he's
the real
deal

a businessman

he looks
the part

serious

under
control

never
a crease

a hair
out of place

even
his smiles

his chuckles

are ultra
conservative

I know
that his bearing
is not
a pose

he works
the weekends

the holidays

he grinds
productively away
in the good
times

in the bad

he sports
the material
rewards
of his efforts

but in
an offhanded
way

he's not
a showy
sort

I admire
him

we are
the only two
in the building
on a Memorial Day
morning

there
our similarity
ends