Heavy-set, he shuffles in  
container-ship pace  
he leans on his walking stick  
pauses with grace  
Hands rough as torn bark, from the land that he’s turned  
Left thumb a short stub, part of the respect t'was earned  
His head lifts a fraction  
casts benign eyes to his side  
as his grandchildren gather  
like branches on his thighs  
His arms cleared mountains, best tree feller without-a-doubt  
Now diabetic to his core, and riddled with gout  
“from the earth we did come,  
to which we return”  
He chokes on the words  
his stomach starts to churn  
The grain of his legs, are speckled with age  
Brown patchy skin, reveals an autumnal leaf fade  
They close her casket softly
singing hymns to her bones  
Chief of the village
now leading, alone  
His eyes swim with grey, merging dirt into dust  
They’ve seen better years, in life, love and lust  
Sadness somehow deafening  
resonates the timberland town  
and echoes his heartbreak  
from the sky to the ground  
Written by TheAlbatross
Published | Edited 22nd Mar 2016
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