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Obsolete

Newspappers

I don’t know anymore
what’s cool
or keen or what you mean
when you say “whatever”
Someway, one day
when I wasn’t looking
someone changed the rules
of the game.

People twice my age
I always called Sir
or Ma’am or Mr.
or Mrs.
People half my age
now address me that way,
like I’m ancient;
Obsolete.

Obsolete!
That damning designation we use
when describing some
useless contraption.
Outmoded,
we discard such things-
or worse- set them aside
to gather dust on a shelf.

Listen! Run while you
can.  I’ll sit
on that shelf
sipping wine with your mother.
Run while it’s cool
or it’s keen or whatever…
Obsolete objects
ossify.


About the author

Anthony C. Hayes

Anthony C. Hayes is an actor, author, raconteur, rapscallion and bon vivant. A former reporter at The Washington Herald and an occasional contributor to the Voice of Baltimore, Tony's poetry, humor and prose have also been featured in Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore!; Magic Octopus Magazine; Destination Maryland; Alvarez Fiction and Tales of Blood and Roses. Contact the author.
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