Grant Handgis~ Author/Poet

March 16, 2015

from “In The Age of Youth”

The Old Man Upstairs


The old man upstairs is stomping

and the old man downstairs is howling, again

because his fat wife caught him gambling

so she beats him with her straw tied broom

and throws the china plate, the antique

that aunt Martha favored so much

then screams words even my sisters don't understand, while

he begs forgiveness, as she throws his clothes

into a heap by the door and pushes him out

to the emptiness of night,

like last week when he came home drunk,

and the old woman across the way

still bakes bread, to give to the old man

upstairs, who is mostly deaf now

Copyright 1978-2011



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