Old Man at Johnny White’s in New Orleans

silent
corner stool
against the wall
one foot on the bar rail

tilted ascot
unlit cigar
chewed to a pulp

crow’s feet face
thousand-yard stare
ghost blue eyes

“HOW LUCKY”
in a rose tattoo
above skull & crossbones
blue with age
proudly displayed

black leather boots
probably older
than most of the patrons

old dogs
that no longer bark
still have
sharp teeth

best lo leave them
lie

Β©2021β€”JDCIV

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