Outward Appearance

Written for:  Poetic Asides #341, Write a hiding poem – The poem could be about someone hiding or something hidden. Or the process of searching. And remember: There are physical things that can hide, but also thoughts, emotions, plans, and so much more.

Grumpy old man,
Dickens character
in torn, stained clothing.

Had he ever married, carried
a bride over the threshold
of this house?

Neighbors wondered. Children
steered clear of his house,
for he was known to pounce

on them with his cane. Never
saw family or friends visit,
and attempts to befriend

him were met with scowls. They
all thought him a poverty-
stricken man, too proud to accept

help. For several days, newspapers
piled up at his door, prompting
neighbors to call the police

who discovered him dead on a worn out bed.
When they removed him, the mattress tore.
Stuffed inside were piles of money. Funny old man.

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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