18
May
13

Watching

Watching,

As the gay men

Stagger

Down the street

From the nearby bars,

Fumbling

For keys,

And each other

In the dark.

Laughter

Comes

Seemingly

From all directions,

As small groups

Of young women

Swerve

Along the sidewalk,

To the houses

And apartments

Behind me,

Appearing

From the dark

Arm in arm,

And wobbling

On unrealistic shoes,

With unrealistic

Dreams.

The smoke

From my cigar

Rises above

My weary head,

Evaporating

Into the darkness

Of the night-

Escaping the darkness

Of my mind

And my thoughts.

Hangovers

And fuzzy

Memories

Await them all

Tomorrow morning.

Alone with my beer and cigar,

I watch,

Unnoticed

And uncaring-

Detached

For now.

 

Timothy Vance Jackson

May 18, 2013

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