Reader poem: "The Freedom Seeker"

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 16, 2013 

A long forgotten incident from some

twenty-five years ago that gave us a

huge laugh recently arose from the old

memory bank when

I purchased a cane.

A "kid" of sixty at the time, I now

find myself identifying with the

unknown principal character in that

scene from long ago.

The largest and grandest house in our old

neighborhood had been converted into a

Retirement House.

Driving by, I noticed an elderly

gentleman standing on the streetside curb.

Clad only in his hospital gown, he

wore a deep frown and

clutched at his walker with one hand, waving

the other (thumb extended) he hoped to

hitch a ride with a

passing motorist!

Looking back, I no longer see humor

in the situation ... do sympathize

with freedom-seeking free spirits, wish them

well on their journey!

- Bob Markey, Bellingham

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