The Lost Man

Written for:  Margo Roby’s Poem Tryouts:  “The Unexpected”

While looking with new eyes at the things along your route, be open in particular to the unexpected, the ‘Oh! I never noticed that’ or ‘Oh! How unusual’. Keep yourself open at work for moments.

Or — you knew I’d give you an ‘or’ — take a walk through your brain looking for those moments in your life that occasioned that ‘Oh!’ in response to seeing something unexpected.

What about it? Try to capture the feeling you had at the moment of awareness. When I have these moments I feel as if I were still a child seeing things for the first time. The experience of seeing new things, of adding my awareness of them to my life allows me to regard the world with wonder, despite, in spite of, beyond the uglinesses.

With dogs in tow, we passed
the entrance to a walking trail.
We were not going that route
today, but I noticed
an elderly Asian man,
standing still,
and staring down the trail
as if waiting for someone.
My first thought was,
he must be waiting
for his wife to catch up.
But as we walked across
the street from the man,
thoughts began to flash
in my head. What if
he was with his grand-children,
and they ran off, or worse,
were taken. Then I thought,
what if he was lost and confused
because of Alzheimer’s. I began
to be concerned. My husband and I
decided that if he were still
there upon our return,
we would ask him if we could
be of help. I kept thinking
of him during our walk,
and was relieved to see
he was not there when we
returned. I hope he is well.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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4 Responses to The Lost Man

  1. margo roby says:

    My moment of startlement this week: the length of your poem! I very much like the narrative quality and love the story.


  2. You are a compassionate person. Sometimes, one just doesn’t know what to do but I’m glad you were willing if he had still been there. Nice, Sara


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