This Prufrockian Life

He wanders through

his Prufrockian life,

marked by timidity and indecisiveness,

beset by unfulfilled aspirations

and dreams he knows

will never come true.

He thinks there must be more than this,

but cannot imagine what that might be

or how it might come about.

He watches the women come and go,

unable to muster the courage to say hello

or even smile in greeting.

He will stand in the doorway,

alone and lonely,

until his face is as wrinkled as his trousers,

and his spirit as frayed as his cuffs.



~Elise Skidmore ©2017

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