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Old Timer

Story ID:5778
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA USA
Year:2008
Person:Misplaced Kansas Kid
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“Old Timer”

These two words
Even though meant no disrespect
Grate on my mind
They seem to reflect,
That I’m a stumbling old man
Shufflin along, blind as a bat
Botherin no one
And don’t know where I’m at.

Old timer my behind
You young snotty nosed kid
Just a do gooder
Revelin in your ability to aid
Someone you feel
Needs your feeble attempt
To gain some attention
And look at with contempt.

This was the way I felt
Until yesterday
When a young man
I heard say’
“Let me get the door, Old Timer
I’m happy to assist”,
The words “Old Timer” were spoken with such kindness
I was unable to resist.

This one little incident
Has opened my eyes
Now this grumpy “Old Timer”
Must apologize,
And realize that
“Old Timer”, in retrospect
Is uttered with kindness
And not disrespect.
Monte Manka 07-12-2006