Slip of a Man

Slip of a Man

Heredity’s not all it’s made out to be.
Some fall a bit far from the family tree.
Though his father is heavy, he’s a slip of a man
who dines on fine china while dad eats from the pan.

He’s a  Jane Austen reader and a Volkswagen fan
while his old man likes football and drives a Ram Van.
Though the elder’s been known to go off on a binge,
when offered a drink, his son pours just a tinge—
a small drop of rum in a glass full of Coke—
a drink that his dad considers a joke.
Not at all like his father, he walks his own walk.
I guess you could say “a slip off the old block.”

Prompt words today are block, slip, tinge and heavy .Image by Ricky Grigore on Unsplash

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About lifelessons

My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

3 thoughts on “Slip of a Man

  1. Anonymous

    Well done~! I like that, summation of an offspring~! My two boys were as unalike me, as well as different from each other, as though they had different fathers, but the chip does not fall far from the block after all, and you get glimpses of yourself now and then (maybe taken to a higher (or lower) level. Unfortunately, the photo looks too much like me at the same age, my arms and legs grew too fast so my clothes never fit, but not yet too tight, that part came later after I got married and started getting good food at home each evening, instead of a snack between “outings” until the paycheck ran out each month, then a sandwich or two for the rest of the month.

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