there was an old man at the

chinese buffet

yesterday, I think he

was feeding his grief –

his plate was full

but his eyes were empty.

his years were dwindling

his dreams were breeding, and

the massive weight of

the deaths of them

was crushing him

before the earth would.

~

there was an old man at the

chinese buffet yesterday

his cracked face had a made up

smile, which was still

sweeter than the warmest of mine.

but his eyes, his big brown eyes

were done – their light was gone.

it made me sad, so

i looked away and fingered

my phone

~

there was an old man at the

chinese buffet yesterday, and

the old man was me. I waved

at me, and

I waved back –

the food was good

but i was not. He got up,

nodded, and left. I smiled a

brief smile, tossed my

plate at the server, and

walked in to the

meat grinder.

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