Distant, Guarded Man

Distant, Guarded Man

A Poem by Adam Light

Tonight, I was waiting in

the check-out line of a store,

trying my best to not just look

at the products or the floor.

Two women joined the line

and behind me, took their places.

A daughter and a mother, I thought,

with happiness on their faces.

I am often much too reserved,

so I wanted to give them a smile.

I managed only half of one, unseen,

but it still felt good, all the while.

Next time, I'll step it up a notch

and give a warmer one, if I can,

for it's quite unseemly of me

to be such a distant, guarded man.

© 2017 Adam Light

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Added on September 11, 2017
Last Updated on September 12, 2017
Tags: smile, shy, introvert, warm, detached, distant, aloof


Adam Light
Adam Light


I write things that I think are worth remembering and living up to. My poetry helps me makes decisions and grow. Most of my poems are short, rhyme, and have a point to them. more..

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