Portrait #1 - He Shuffles His Feet

Driving this morning, I see him walking. Old man with a fisherman's hat, walking slowly. Maybe it is because I am halfway to 70 that I wonder if I will love an old man someday. If I will find the stoop in his shoulders and the shuffle of his feet endearing. If I will kiss his thinned softened lips and still feel a little spark.

As it happens in imperceptible increments, will I notice him growing old with me? Or will we look at each other and see each other exactly as the day we met?

*From the Velvet Verbosity archives. This was originally posted May 25, 2006. This was the first "word portrait" I did.