The Evening Stroll

The old couple on the sidewalk,
Arm in arm, small steps shuffling forward.
Each dressed in their Sunday best.
He in a wool, striped sweater,
She in a sleeveless, long, black, dress.
Hair, his white, hers black, carefully parted.
The old couple on the sidewalk,
Offering little "Hello theres" to passers-by.
Unfazed by an insistent dog
Who yips continually, until his owner intervenes.
They could be someone's grandparents.
The elderly woman, offering shy smiles at children playing.
The elderly man, white-haired and gruff,
As his set mouth implies,
But kind, in seeing how his wife is,
Glancing over, leading her around branches.
I want to stop and talk to them,
Get to know and care for them,
But I can't bring myself to interrupt,
Their short evening walks.

Through the 3rd Eye was supported in its inception by the Grand Rapids Humanities Council and is currently made possible by continued volunteer effort and private support. Copyright 2013.