Succession

By tmanzano

I only knew him
by the sounds
of scraping slippers
on trash days

early to to the curb

always before mine - first at everything

In late afternoons when my head hurt
from the relentless "boing" of my phone
reminding me of another email I will
hate myself for opening at 3:00 am
he would be sweeping his driveway

This old broom
worn down to the stitching
mused by his slippers
synced itself to me

A concert in minutiae
before I went inside 


Yesterday his door was open for hours
I only pretended to knock on it

The smell of wet wood and urine
did not sound like anything

It was more of a silent purple or
blue face hanging in a kitchen

I sat in one of his hand made chairs
that I felt comfortable in
becoming furious

I stole his slippers and his broom
before I called the police

It was trash day tomorrow

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Copyright 2018 tmanzano
Published on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.     Filed under: "Depressed" and "Poetry"

Author's Note:

He beat me to it
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  • Queazenart On Monday, July 16, 2018, Queazenart (258)By person wrote:

    I like it.

  • tmanzano On Monday, July 16, 2018, tmanzano (213)By person wrote:

    Thanks Q. I have been away for awhile. Seeming to be a bit more mused lately.

  • Luna Jay On Saturday, July 14, 2018, Luna Jay (611)By person wrote:

    This painted a clear picture of your neighbor in my head and as I read i could see it all playing out, that's a great skill u have. Excellent ink

  • tmanzano On Monday, July 16, 2018, tmanzano (213)By person wrote:

    Thank you very much Luna. Very kind words.

  • dwells On Thursday, July 5, 2018, dwells (5789)By person wrote:

    The passing of another, that will be remembered in those little ways that embodied them perhaps. A striking characterization TM - cheers! - Dan

  • tmanzano On Friday, July 6, 2018, tmanzano (213)By person wrote:

    Always enjoy your comments and humbled by them. Cheers to you Dan.

  • Bornfrompain On Wednesday, July 4, 2018, Bornfrompain (827)By person wrote:

    Brilliantly written! - BFP

  • tmanzano On Friday, July 6, 2018, tmanzano (213)By person wrote:

    Thank you so much. Very kind of you.

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