November 26, 2012 § 2 Comments

whenever spoken to
he, at first says nothing for
the first second or two,
like he is just emerging from
a dream
or waiting for the rest
of his body to return
from wherever it was

distant, they said –
that was
the laurel placed
on his head

you never knew
how he was going to engage –

the kind of man that

came at a subject
from odd angles
in speech so slow
that the listener
tended to rush past
the meaning in his words

as if they
really had
anywhere else to be

2012 Fred Whitehead

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