Vermouth Pleasure

Richard King Perkins II
Featured Image: Karst grapes © A. Anupama 2018

If I become an old man
I’ll wear a fedora
and sit every day
on the same park bench
while the young kids
laugh at me
for falling asleep
and confusing their names
and tease me about
the slowness
of my movements
as I cuss them out
but none of that will matter
when I pull my hat brim
to the edge of my brow
and the sun
penetrates my skin,
warming ancient muscles-
and in those few
slumbering moments
of concordance
I’ll remember
with unerring clarity
and vermouth pleasure
the nerve clusters
of your ageless body
once shared beneath
this very same sun.