YESTERDAY’S JOKER – as was, as is

Cheek by jowl
the restless pigeons
watch and wait
wait and watch
‘No croissant crumbs today guys’
He breakfasts only on
steaming expresso and nicotine

He contemplates this and that
avoiding the issue at hand
always dodging ‘that’ topic
puts it on the back burner
for now he takes the
’round the houses walk’
homeward bound

She does not need to
see him like this
Not again
not again, it is unfair
she deserves better

There is no rationale
to that which arrives
out of the clear blue skies
Dark mind malignancy
trumps cheerful remission
flourishing in the bone marrow of
his once divine substance

He watches her from the doorway
the washing machine gyrates
a kettle screams as it boils alive
she rescues a muddled spider from the sink
spins on her dancing slippers
‘You’re not normal you know’
He nods an affirmative
a nod of palpable regret
Still she smiles
‘It doesn’t matter though
it will pass, you know that
It always does’

‘How do you put up with me?’
She ponders over that question
for just a moment
pad of forefinger
resting quizzically upon
undressed lips
head to one side
‘You make me laugh most times
Oh…that and the fact you are
the love of my life
Will that do?’

A lump of remorse
sticks in the throat of
yesterday’s joker

She deserves better

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30 thoughts on “YESTERDAY’S JOKER

    1. My thanks Onodanta. I’m not sure. In my experience motivation is sometimes, most times, afraid to show its face, and finds itself hiding in darkest corners, away from depression’s infamous aggressive chien noir. For me I allow that hungry dog in the feed all it wants in the knowledge that when full it’ll leave to hunt out another poor soul to feast upon. It doesn’t always work, yet it’s the best method known to me thus far. Regards, The Old Fool

      1. To me, Lauren, from age 1 to 100+ all gals are ‘young ladies’, indeed young ladies who, in my opinion, should rule the globe. Us chaps have made created disaster in that regard from the very moment we evolved. I should know these things as I am 114 years old. Regards, The Old Fool

    1. Vicissitudes indeed, Liz. Life is quite the strangest thing. More so when one has no idea ‘why?’…a subject that has always fascinated me. Regards, The Old Fool

  1. I must appreciate the way you have delineated your thoughts. Just awesome.
    But hey! I have started my blog on positive vibes and inspiration. It will mean world to me if you can stop by my page and shower some love. I will be waiting for your feedback.
    Thanks. Have a great day.❤

  2. I have recently come to realize that your poetry is much better than I had thought.
    Somehow, you work a novel into your words of mystic prose.
    It all comes out in the end, like a batch of laundry… started out in need of cleaning, but in the end is fluffed and folded.
    I adore this piece. My dear YJTOF, she loves you! Just love her back! ❦❦

    1. My thanks, young Risa. What I call ‘almost poetry’ remains my first love for ‘tis therapeutic when pen graces page and in doing so takes the wretched chien noir someplace else. I have a couple of books themed around ‘almost poetry’. Next time I get hold of a few authors copies I’ll send them over. Their titles, ‘’Gentlemen Prefer a Pulse’ and ‘The Shop That Sells Kisses’. Regards, TOF, or better put since having the corona vaccination, TOFWGESEKTH. ‘TOF Who Got Every Side Effect Known to Humankind’.

      1. Truly kind of you to say that, Kelly. More often it is said of me, “Jack of all trades, master of none”. My best wishes, The Old Fool…sometimes referred to as ‘TOF’ for short.

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