Portrait of a Young Man in Rain

Walking in the rain along Utica Avenue

in black hoodie, dark jeans, and trainers,

with a red backpack, the young man pauses

at the corner of Third Street to wait

for traffic to clear, and when he looks up,

the hood slips backward slightly to reveal

a smooth handsome face content under wavy hair,

eyes bright, mouth not cursing the rain.

 

Copyright 2014

T. Allen Culpepper

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