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Dancing Eyes

by Karl Waldbauer

Two elderly women riding the West Hollywood bus,
talking about visits to their doctors, the grandchildren...
the news, then the gossip started
and I noticed the woman with white hair had beautiful
dancing eyes.
What joys she must have experienced!
Her eyes told the stories;
the one about passionate nights with her late husband,
the wonder, the love she felt for her babies when first she held them,
the grandchildren started to arrive,
a joy like none she had ever known.
I watched in silent admiration, in envy,
two close friends, one with sparkling
dancing eyes.

One day I hope to be an old man,
to have seen the world,
to have felt the joy,
to have weathered the pain.
I might have a neighbor,
a young man in his prime who calls me "Sir",
who has friends over to drink some beer,
to tell some jokes,
to play his music a little too loud for an old man's taste.
If my wish is granted,
he will tell his friends about that old guy who lives next door;
he will mention my smile
and especially my
dancing eyes.


Posted on 09/27/2003
Copyright © 2022 Karl Waldbauer

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Anne Howe on 04/20/04 at 11:29 PM

both strength and gentleness pervade this wonderful poem .... an excellent read

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 01/10/07 at 01:44 PM

This is wonderful and very deserving of POTD! It made me cry; but your pieces usually do- I love this. + favorites

Posted by Leslie Ann Eisenberg on 01/11/07 at 12:20 AM

muy fantastico! congrats! what a perfect POTD choice, since I just found out today i'll be in LA all next week. let's ride some buses together! PK

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 01/11/07 at 06:56 AM

Karl, wonderful slice-of-life thoughts. Yes, I have them myself. CONGRATULATIONS on POTD! I wave and silently say hello to you everytime I pass by your building. ;-)

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