Friday, November 26, 2010

Old Man Winter


Daylight spilling from his tattered sack
takes all night to reach the ground.

I’m a penny on a railroad track.
Choo-choo. Choo-choo-chooooooo.



Update:
“Old Man Winter” added to Poems, Slightly Used.


11.26.2010 #2
11.26.2010 #1 (drawing)

17 comments:

Wine and Words said...

How often I feel like this penny...feeling the vibration on the tracks that aren't quite enough to jostle me down between the ties as I just laying in wait for the crush. What was worth a cent becomes a souvenier of some inquisitive child.

Momo Luna said...

Lovely.
And the old man is announcing his visit overhere. Soon he'll arrive my country.

~im just only me~ said...

Unbelievable. Thanks for this today :)
Also,one of my favorite songs and videos: Penny on a Train Track - Ben Kweller

Anthony Duce said...

Like this a lot. Captures images that are easy to relate to. Thank you

William Michaelian said...

Exactly, Annie — and I suppose we could say that being such a souvenir would make us a smashing success.

Thank you, Momo Luna. Let me know if he has a long gray beard.

Cassie, thanks. Not quite the image I had in mind, but if you’re smiling then I am too.

Anthony, I’m glad this gives you that feeling. Thanks.

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

an old man who puts a warm coat to nature in the snow ...

in Vienna began to snow 5 minutes ... Tomorrow will be all white, and I am deeply moved

a hug

William Michaelian said...

Beautiful silence.... Thank you, Laura.

jasmin said...

lieber William ein großes Thema, ich denke man kann darüber nachdenken, es grüßt Jasmin....

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, Jasmin. A large topic as seen through a specific moment....

Jean Spitzer said...

Beautiful.

And the Kweller video is charming.

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Jean. By golly, I’m going to watch that thing again.

Paul L. Martin said...

I can relate to the penny. No, I am the penny. I welcome the train as I welcome fate.

On another note, an elementary school friend of mine back when we were young told me that some authority figure made it clear to him that placing a penny on a rail could make the train derail. Is that true? I can't imagine a multi-ton locomotive would be thrown off kilter by a single copper penny. If so, I think that would make a good metaphorical story, a sort of revised David and Goliath.

William Michaelian said...

Paul, in relating to the penny, you’ve dialed right in on this poem.

I’ve seen nickels and quarters crushed by trains, but never a penny. Now you’ve got me wondering. Seems impossible, doesn’t it? And of course that’s what makes it so appealing.

Floyce Alexander said...

"Recently Banned Literature" is the best blog name I know, though I'm too old, my beard too white, to have encountered many. More bogs than blogs in this region . . .
Just wanted to let you know what my beard thought about your beard's response to the Gide quotation. It's taken a long time to find where the original is.
Anon,
Floyce Alexander

William Michaelian said...

Floyce, a little footnote on the blog name: my beard wanted either Recently Banned Beards or Recently Bearded Literature. Thank goodness it never learned to type.

Woman in a Window said...

Oh, you cause me to smile in right and easy ways.

xo
erin

William Michaelian said...

Wink, wink. Hello, Erin.