The Old Man

by Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu

just as everything is in its place
the cracked pitcher in the cellar window
the maize porridge pot amid the verandah flowers
the knife sharpener in the kitchen table drawer
the squared clock hung slanting on the wall

day after day the old man
takes the straw hat from its hook even if it’s cloudy
pulls it down on his head with both hands
opens the street gate till it hits the wall
upright like a thistle he looks down the road

under the hat colored like an autumn sun
it gets warmer
his face furrows overturn a smile
like the moist earth sliced by the old-time plough
under the steps of sons grandsons and great-grandsons


Copyright © 2014 by Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu

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