NaPoWriMo 2022 Day 15: The Old Man in a Jacket

abstract head of old man

The Old Man in a Jacket

The old man in a jacket
the color of weather,
simple of mind,
greeting strangers
as old acquaintances,
always by another name,
shuffles eternally down
the same street.
Children run circles
around him, shout
insults phrased as questions,
questions worded as threats,
try to spook him off his step,
throw dirt clods at his hat.
The children wear out
before he does.

— Bryant Jacobi