Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dressed to Kill

From a distance, the well-dressed 
Man approaching was an unknown— 
As he came closer, I couldn’t believe he was 

That shepherd in galoshes I saw 
Each morning hard at work at his stable, 
Up to his knees in mud and manure. 

Holy shit—this man now walking 
The streets looked so unbelievably 
Clean-cut and innocent he looked 

Just like one of us, 
A sheep in wolves’ clothing. 


  1. This reminds me of the first time I ever met one of my teachers in the real world surrounded by a nagging wife and a pair of screaming kids. The look of his face! As if I’d caught him doing something underhand. Forty years later I can still remember the encounter and for a guy who can’t remember last week that well that’s saying something.

  2. I agree, Jim—seeing familiar people conducting themselves in an unfamiliar manner because of a change in what we believe is their “usual” environment is certainly eye-opening; in your case, it remains indelibly stamped in your memory.

    Thanks for the little tale.


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