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Tim Peeler, Old Man Poems

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Tim Peeler
OLD MAN POEMS

I was running a joint
When I was forty-five,
Sipping whiskey all evening,
Tending the bar
And talking to the drunks,
And what I said
Began to make sense to me
So that I soon thought that
My intelligence might be more
Than my job required,
That I might be too good
For what I was doing.
Next thing you know,
I started to resent
The time I spent
In the service of other drunks,
And I neglected them
Or talked down to them
Or only thought of them
As sounding boards
For my brilliant ideas
Till one night, a sailor
In town on leave
Had enough of my opinions
And punched me hard
In the face
And I crumpled like a spider
In the floor behind the bar.
When I was forty-five
I ran a joint
Out by the river.
It was the year that I got smart.

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Written by wildgoosepoetryreview

November 15, 2013 at 2:07 am

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  1. I always enjoy reading a poem about becoming alive or should I say “awake.” Clearly you are an enlightened soul. I love this poem!

    Staci Lynn Bell

    November 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm

  2. Nice poem!

    Karen Paul Holmes

    November 30, 2013 at 5:55 pm

  3. Simple words that cut to the truth. Love it!

    Sharyl Collin

    February 17, 2014 at 4:47 am


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