A.j. Binash

(04-20-1988 / Dodgeville WI)

Affordable Seclusion


Sad. Old. Man.
With a scar
Above his left eyebrow.
It twitches.
“Why are you alone for the holidays? ”
The scar
It twitches.
His eyes squint.
“My son is a heroin user.
I gave him a black eye.
Wife kicked me out.”
He’s drinking coffee
From a paper-cup.
A thin dribble
Of the liquid,
Descends down
The corner
Of his mouth.
Combines with dried spittle.
Creating a stain.
“He gave me this.”
The scar.
It twitches.
“Two years ago.
Wife let him back into the house.”
The coffee is gone.
He wipes the stain
Onto his shirt sleeve.
He won’t stop talking
About the people
He left behind.
And the scar
Remains still.

Submitted: Friday, November 29, 2013
Edited: Saturday, November 30, 2013

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