Old Men and Their Candy

River Dixon is one of the most talented writers I’ve ever come across and sometimes his work just blows me away, as was the case today when I read this piece so, naturally, I had to share it with you :O) x

The Stories In Between

The old man sat
Legs crossed, foot bouncing
The blinds were drawn
Summer heat screaming
From the warped floorboards
You could see the dust, each particle
Floating in faint strips of daylight
Terminating along a piss-stained rug

I waited patiently
Struggling to maintain
As the stench assaulted each nostril
The integrity of the chair, in question
As I shifted uncomfortably

He lit a cigarette
Blue rings of smoke danced
From one ray to another
The dust, emitting a strange glow
As if tiny cosmos were being born
And just as quickly, fading into nothing
The Big Bang, right there in front of me
I was a witness

My God, I’d give anything
For a glass of water

He took a long, deep drag
Then snuffed out the cigarette
Against the table
No ashtray, hadn’t been one for years
If ever
He leaned to the left, shrugged a shoulder
Squinted his…

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  18 comments for “Old Men and Their Candy

  1. August 11, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Excellent, and thank you for making me aware of his writing! Just read the whole poem and am now following River.

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    • August 11, 2019 at 3:35 pm

      You’re welcome – I’ve been a fan for ages and just couldn’t resist sharing this amazing work – so happy you liked it :O) x

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Boo
    August 12, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    YOUR BOOK!!! YAY!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. August 12, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing this interesting slice of life

    Liked by 1 person

  4. August 13, 2019 at 3:48 am

    Excellent writing.Following River Dixon now.Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. November 14, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Are you still around Lisa ?

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 14, 2019 at 2:53 pm

      Hi Rory, yes I’m still around :O) Sorry I’ve not been about but marketing a book and writing a second one takes up far more time than I thought plus there was summer and the beach and…well you know. How are things with you? How’s your shoulder – any better? xx

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  6. November 24, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Hey! I haven’t seen you in quite some time here on WP and I wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you. I hope you are just way too busy to blog! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 25, 2019 at 8:29 am

      Hi Wendi, you’re so sweet to think of me. I know it’s been ages and sorry not to have been around. I’ve been trying to market my book and I’m in the middle of writing another one and it just seems to take up all my time. How are you doing? I hope that life is being good to you xx

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      • November 25, 2019 at 12:56 pm

        I completely understand and I am so thankful you have been too busy for great reasons πŸ™‚ Wishing you great success…….
        And when you become really famous, Bless you my friend.

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      • November 26, 2019 at 8:43 am

        Thank you Wendi, that really means a lot to me and I hope that life treats you kindly and brings you every happiness x

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