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.

Chest puffed up,
brown waist-coated and jacketed.

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

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
whilst mothers laugh,
catching up with other

Eyes, black, pipped –
seen by a poet and

Copyright owned by Jay Cool, September 2018

Published by The Silly-Savvy Salopian

Freelance writer and descendant of the cave dweller and outlaw, Humphrey Kynaston. Banished from Shropshire for my eccentricity, I have made my home in Suffolk. I write poetry, short stories, travel journals, comedy gig reviews and non-fiction articles. My wish is to write my way back into the heart of my birth land. All writing commissions (and free holidays in Shropshire!) considered.

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