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 faced 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"
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  • Queazenart On Monday, July 16, 2018, Queazenart (256)By person wrote:

    I like it.

  • tmanzano On Monday, July 16, 2018, tmanzano (138)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 (416)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 (138)By person wrote:

    Thank you very much Luna. Very kind words.

  • dwells On Thursday, July 5, 2018, dwells (5766)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 (138)By person wrote:

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

  • Bornfrompain On Wednesday, July 4, 2018, Bornfrompain (766)By person wrote:

    Brilliantly written! - BFP

  • tmanzano On Friday, July 6, 2018, tmanzano (138)By person wrote:

    Thank you so much. Very kind of you.

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