The Guy with the Beard

his beard, a bit scraggly
and with more than a hint of grey
protrudes from the bottom of his face
in indirect proportion to the hair-line
on his scalp

other than Sundays, you won`t see him
wear a dress-shirt or tie
he`s much more comfortable
in a baggy sweat-shirt and cargo pants

nothing makes him happier than getting a big
“squishy hug” from one of his kids,
or having one of them climb into his lap
and snuggle for a while

his face, bespectacled, and with
the beginning of wrinkles, isn’t exactly
what most people would think of as
“model material”, but he really doesn’t care

and his is the face that I see
every day
when I look in the mirror


I couldn’t resist writing another character-sketch poem for dVerse

The Guy on the Left

You have got to wonder
what’s hiding behind that smile
that’s pasted on to the face
of the guy with
the hair freshly-styled with too much gel
wearing a 500 dollar suit pared
with perfect checkered tie
and a silver bit of hankerchief
poking out of the pocket
who stands there
leaning ever so slightly
towards his business partner

can you trust a guy like that?
is his smile truly insincere
or was he just nervous
getting his picture taken
for the brochure I have
in front of me?


today at dverse, Brian is having us develop a character through poetry