Old Face


Tiny - Posted on 21 August 2011

Author: 
Tony Robles

 

 

In elementary School he was

The guy with the

Old face

 

That’s what we

Called him,

Old face

 

He was 11 or 12

But looked

About 70

 

He was a Chinese kid

that resembled an innocent

bystander in a kung fu movie who was

humble and industrious but got his

ass kicked by the local king pin's

boys

 

He barely spoke

And when he did

It was usually inaudible

 

He dressed like an old

Man, pants that looked

Like pajama bottoms and shoes

That looked like slippers

 

But in reality

he was not that far

removed from diapers

 

We’d call him old face

And bully him in

Little ways like killing him

In four square

 

He spoke with his eyes that

Said he wanted to kill us

With a sharp object or plant

A nicely executed kung fu kick

Into our asses

 

The years went by and

Now we’re heading towards

50 and when I looked up from

The bus stop the other day I

Saw a face

 

It was

Him

 

same pants that looked

like pajama bottoms,

same slippers

 

Same

Eyes

 

new

face 

 

 

© 2011 Tony Robles

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