Member Monday: The Old Man in the Park by Linda Boyden

1379204_10201986533842822_1062688836_aWelcome back to Member Monday.  It’s a pleasure to feature a poem by poet, storyteller and children’s author, Linda Boyden.  You can purchase an autographed copy of Linda’s newest picture book Boy and Poi Poi Puppy at the Writers Forum Author’s Fair in November.

The Old Man in the Park

by Linda Boyden

the old man sat in the park

he sat there alone

body stuttering

shivering in the sun

under the weight of his age


the old man sat alone

behind him

squirrels darted down trees

scurried around trunks

tails to heads

in a dizzying frolic


the old man sat alone


near him

children squealed

ran from each other

jumped from swings

skinned knees

tumbled in and out of laughter


the old man sat alone

from time to time

his fingertips fluttered

as a sound


a memory into motion

a dark circle

inching in transit

across his mind

filling his heart

with a smile.

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