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The Old Man in the Bed

October 25, 2011

The old man in the bed

made sounds

as he was about to begin

his journey.

The sound of his hammer

pounding

endless nails on the roofs

of New Jersey houses,

the sound of his hands

rustling

as he searched the closet shelf

for his hat each day before work,

the sound of coffee

percolating

in the old dented pot

early mornings on the stovetop,

the sound of the lawnmower

whirring

on the summer lawn he loved to tend

and the sprinkler

hissing

late into the firefly dusk;

then, finally,

the sound of silence

signaling

the journey had begun.

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