Dennis Adonis

Rookie (October,1975 / Georgetown, Guyana)

Once A Man And Twice A Child - Poem by Dennis Adonis

Sitting under a tree, he is greyed and aged
With a few belongings lingering by his side

Motionless he seem as he stares across the street
His eyes sometimes seemed misguide

Murmuring to himself, as no one seem amuse
From his shame he doesn't seem to hide

I myself wondered why he is there
As I steps off from my daily bus ride

So in curiosity I walked over to the old man one day
As he tried to put his belongings aside

He looked up at me and asked why I am there
Because an old man I shouldn't chastise

I gesture in agreement to his beleaguered smile
As he whispers "one a man and twice a child"

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem is basically a straight forward story and is centred on an encounter I had more than ten years ago.

It is based upon my almost daily sight of an old man, who often lingers under a tree in the city of Georgetown, Guyana.

After passing him many times too often, curiosity caused me to query his status quo.

And of course his response was confusing and dappled; as the only thing I clearly interpreted from all of it was that I should not look upon him with scorn, as he is now old, and weak and need to be cared for.

After all, the last and clearest thing that he had actually told me came from Bob Marley's reggae hit; - once a man and twice a child.

I somewhat understood what he meant. So in this poem, I hope you can equally make some sense of it all.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 1, 2013

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