QUIET & STILL

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A middle-aged man of dubious character,
To other's eyes that behold him,
Dressed in fine clothes, fit for a master,
Posture akin to a familiarity with disaster,
 
Quiet and still,
He waits close to the hedgerows,
Quiet and still,
He breathes in and out,
Quiet and still, 
He looks at his wrist-watch,
Quiet and still, 
He squints here and there,
 
In exchanges with others - verbal or physical,
His head proudly kept upward, like the noble and rich,
His eyes glitter like crystals, that silently scorn,
And shift sometimes when left uncontrolled,
 
Quiet and still,
He waits close to the hedgerows,
Quiet and still,
He breathes in and out,
Quiet and still,
He looks at his wrist-watch,
Quiet and still,
He squints here and there,
 
One who trades with him on a deal,
And shakes hands as is custom,
Finds his hand to be soft, limp, and damp,
For the very few moments it lasts,
 
Quiet and still,
He waits close to the hedgerows,
Quiet and still,
He breathes in and out,
Quiet and still,
He looks at his wrist-watch,
Quiet and still,
He squints here and there.

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