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Blue grey man
 
 
with blue grey eyes
 
 
blue shirt
 
 
grey jacket
 
 
blue jeans
 
 
black bag
 
 
umbrella (folded)
 
 
like one of thousands in this city
 
 
put out by a factory
 
 
making grey men
 
 
He walks with a funny bounce
 
 
almost like a limp
 
 
in reverse
 
 
a little hop
 
 
of suppressed joy
 
 
or energy
 
 
or surprise
 
 
He is easy to loose in a crowd
 
 
on the Metro
 
 
on the street
 
 
anywhere
 
 
everywhere
 
 
among the crowds of grey men
 
 
in blue shirts
 
 
walking down each street
 
 
But you sometimes catch a look in his eyes
 
 
a touch of green
 
 
like a cat
 
 
in the blue grey depths
 
 
and you think
 
 
maybe someone in the factory made a mistake
 
 
and didn't make him grey enough
 
 
He hides it well
 
 
he's at pains to hide it
 
 
so precise
 
 
with his jacket and umbrella
 
 
trying to look like the others
 
 
He thinks no one knows it
 
 
thinks he's hidden himself so far away
 
 
no one can find him
 
 
And he may be right
 
 
but what a waste
 
 
like a caterpillar refusing to become
 
 
a butterfly
 
 
"I think he's Walter Mitty"
 
 
Barbara says
 
 
Barbara is old
 
 
and good at playing dumb
 
 
and innocent
 
 
but she knows
 
 
age has its advantages
 
 
you get the long view
 
 
Youth sees only surfaces
 
 
"He's such a geek"
 
 
"so boring"
 
 
"you've got to be kidding, you want him?"
 
 
a grey dull man
 
 
is all the girl sees
 
 
it's all he means people to see
 
 
He's afraid
 
 
afraid that if he says
 
 
what he thinks
 
 
or feels
 
 
or if he does
 
 
what he wants
 
 
or if the other grey men
 
 
knew he was not really grey
 
 
he would be left apart
 
 
alone rejected
 
 
So he lives alone
 
 
and speaks of grey general things
 
 
the weather
 
 
his hobbies
 
 
his work
 
 
and dresses like the other
 
 
grey men
 
 
and keeps himself
 
 
to himself
 
 
as alone as if he were
 
 
rejected
 
 
but
 
 
no one has to know
 
 
And in his mind
 
 
he lives his dreams
 
 
of adventure
 
 
and
 
 
pretty women
 
 
and
 
 
travel
 
 
and escape
 
 
from a blue grey life
 
 
He dreams
 
 
of friends who really know him
 
 
and like him
 
 
anyway
 
 
and dreams of things
 
 
that are far away
 
 
when his grey mood strikes
 
 
I know
 
 
I am grey too
 
 
with all my colors on the inside
 
 
where they don't show
 
 
"I think he isn't used to getting
 
 
what he wants"
 
 
he wants to be Don Juan
 
 
and a poet
 
 
and a drifter
 
 
he wants to be a son-of-a-bitch
 
 
angry
 
 
fierce
 
 
desperate
 
 
He wants to fly far away
 
 
from home
 
 
and family
 
 
and work
 
 
and duty
 
 
He wants to kill someone
 
 
and run away
 
 
"I think he's afraid of getting what he wants"
 
 
He makes a point
 
 
of being kind
 
 
to people
 
 
being polite
 
 
always the gentleman
 
 
opening doors
 
 
giving money to beggars
 
 
because he feels nothing
 
 
no compassion
 
 
no intimate friendship
 
 
he is terrified that his soul
 
 
may be grey too
 
 
that it feels nothing
 
 
Like the Tin Man
 
 
in search of his heart
 
 
he stands in a forest of strangers
 
 
rusting slowly
 
 
and wanting to feel
 
 
but afraid his soul is lost
 
 
But it isn't lost
 
 
it's only hiding
 
 
behind the dull blue grey face
 
 
that hides
 
 
the other grey men
 
 
and women
 
 
like me
 
 
who dream
 
 
and are not what they seem.
 

Latest revision as of 01:46, 23 January 2014

"The Costumer's Manifesto"
by Tara Maginnis