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Oct 2021
an old man pulls into the campground
and early, when it's quiet still.
he has a bushy, wild beard and shaggy hair
spilling out
from under his hat.

with bottles cradled in his arms
i quietly point him towards
the recycling bins.
he thanks me and says,
"have a good one."
i reciprocate
the pleasantry - "yeah, you too."
and his eyes flash and shine,
"oh, god yes! another adventure, ha!"

i smile lightly and hobble along
if i have just encountered
a truly free man.
Written by
JP  Pacific Northwest, USA
(Pacific Northwest, USA)   
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