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Con Chapman

Con Chapman
Boston, Massachusetts, US of A
September 28
. . . is the author of over fifty books--some with paper!--available on and elsewhere.


JUNE 12, 2012 3:05PM

Woman Disembarking Train, Newtonville

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Grey-haired and slim, she must be sixty.
As she walks towards the stairs she
lets her hand run along
the weathered wood fence,
perhaps to hear it tsk-tsk-tsk
beneath her fingers, or maybe

just to get the sense of something
textured, from standing out in the sun
and the rain and the snow, after a day spent
shuffling paper and tapping plastic keys.

She smiles to herself as she passes, alone in the crowd.
There's a little girl in the old body yet.

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You constantly amaze... a most excellent post!
I think I subconsciously lifted a line from Mehitabel the Cat: "There's a dance in the old dame yet."
Love this one. Yes us oldies have girls inside. And we love dancing.
And other stuff. Too.
Newtonville caught my eye -- I can picture exactly this place.
That woman might have been my sister : )

Regardless, this is lovely, the kind to re-read again and's funny how we stay similar on the inside quite often, I did a cartwheel yesterday in the back yard!
Too bad the outside screeched in protest : )
...but I couldn't help it, I was so filled with happiness, I forgot I wasn't a young girl.
Good poem, Con. Didn't you hear that 60 is the new 40?
I'm 60, and my wife swears--based on my level of maturity--that 60 is the new 19.
Your posts are always the best, I always get the best ads here!! DRESS ME UP SUZY STARDOLL!! Awesome!! What? :D

Ohmygod, the cat puked on the ads again!
It was the silver hair that caught my eye.
I liked this...I really liked this
This is so sweet and yet poignant! "...after a day shuffling paper and tapping plastic keys..."
This is a different side than we usually see of you - and I like it! Not that I don't like the other side - I very much do.