Old Men | Shivani Lalan

Shivani Lalan

old men

old men settle

like the last ashes

of a strongly worded editorial

in a newspaper –

burnt,

crumbling,

but carrying reminders

of words once powerful.

old men huddle

in centres

that have long since lost

their magnetism.

centres that once drew

the most powerful thoughts –

now host

shuffling cards,

     shuffling gaits,

          shuffling shoulders.

old men whisper

wars can be won

and fortunes can be lost

with all that they have to tell you

if only you

listen

observe

absorb.

old men gather like continents

much like the mass of land

holds everything above it –

rooted

stable

sure

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