Portrait of an Ageing Gentleman in Brown

Inspired by a portrait on display in a Prado Lounge Café Bar.

Portrait of ‘Ageing Gentleman’ in Prado Lounge Café Bar
 (artist’s name unknown to poet)

Tufted up.
White-winged scalp
taking off.
Immortalised.

Chest puffed up,
brown waist-coated and jacketed.

Fingers clutching – perched
birds claws,
holding on
before the
shedding
of the bulk, the weight, the flesh,
made paint.

Framed,
sent on,
and situated.

Lounged and
looking out;
currant eyes
viewing the future …

The ladies
with greying, dried-split ends –
remnants of a youth
now lived.

The wet wipes
resting on leather
lounge chairs
waiting
whilst mothers laugh,
catching up with other
mothers
stressing.

Eyes, black, pipped –
seen by a poet and
pitted.

Copyright owned by Jay Cool, September 2018

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