The Late March Evening
The man he plays is pensive,
regretting the grays of reflection
in the bathroom mirror.
The man he plays is penitent,
moving slowly today, aching in joints
from drink that made him wobble.
The man he plays is charged,
driven by Doug and Lou, and the spirit
of the trickster coyote.
The man he plays knows love,
and doles it awkwardly out, to
his lady, his students, and fellow strangers.
The man he plays feels the heat
of the lights of the stage, and the ticking
of his remaining time.
The man he plays thinks of the curtain,
that follows the cheers, before the darkness
and a going home,
and the man he plays is pensive.