Ben Paynter

Veteran Poet - 1,746 Points (Midwest)

Someone Has Died - Poem by Ben Paynter

down the street, cars
are pulling in, tears
are walking out
looking blindly for him

the old man who read
a book for every time
he cursed and smoked
for every kiss, he wasn't
any sort of saint.

that man hadn't been
that man since the wife
passed and let the weeds
grow over the garden

do not mourn your
father now, he's been
gone for years

and years from now
sitting in the park
your kids at play
on the carousel

he will be there
and you will recognize him
inside of you

he's not so
old now.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 12, 2008

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 12, 2008

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