A Man in the Park

Halloween will soon be here.
Scary stuff will pop–appear.
There’s something spooky when a pop
Appears and doesn’t plan to stop.

I see a man lost in the park.
We monsters dance when it grows dark.
He looks OK. I’ll let him be.
It’s best if he does not see me.

He thinks this spot is so mundane.
His ears are plugged so why explain?
Tonight when cosmic lights turn on
His mundane world will–pop–be gone.

Text: I am linking this to dVerse Poetics. Bjorn is hosting with the theme of considering the monster’s perspective.

Photos: “Maple and Oak” taken at Somme Preserves.  To make sure I have something mundane enough, there’s “Below the Road” at the bottom.  I’m linking these to K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge with theme “A Walk in the Park” and trablogger’s Mundane Monday.

Maple and Oak

Below the Road

Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

48 thoughts on “A Man in the Park”

  1. Very nice poem, Frank! I always like to take this view of the tree photos especially when the sun is above. Your “below the road” photo looks like a ghost road below the road. It doesn’t have a soul!

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    1. Thank you, Miriam! I like how the sunlight brightens the leaves when I aim the phone almost directly into the sun with the sun shaded by a tree trunk. I usually avoid driving on these lower level roads because I don’t know where I am, but they are sometimes faster than the surface streets. They are kind of like ghost roads as you mentioned.


  2. I like this a lot for Halloween. I was just in Chicago for a brief visit with a friend. We ate and drank at Howells & Hood after walking around the Tribune building. He also gave me a driving tour before my flight home. I took a ton of photos, including one similar to the under the road. Perfect timing, Frank. It’s Monday, but you sent me right back to a good weekend.

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    1. People tend to ignore what’s around them, especially if they see it daily, even very beautiful scenes that tourists will go out of their way to see. The mundane is in the mind of the beholder. I’m glad you liked the underpass. It is an area even tourists would ignore. Thank you, Laura!


    1. Thank you, Dale! I took the photo with the tree blocking the sun to brighten the yellow leaves. This is mostly an oak grove, but there are a few maples to add color in the fall.


  3. The man with the ear buds may rue his affectation. This certainly seems to be a multi-faceted poem–works on three sites, pow.

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    1. He’s probably only lost from the monster’s perspective, but then we do seem to be lost when we see the world as mundane. I am glad you liked the tree picture. Thank you, Anna!


  4. I love the threat wrapped in playfulness in this poem. Also love the line about his ears being stuffed- with headphones maybe?- which gave it just that touch of reality to make the threat of the last line pop. Really nice, Frank!

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    1. I hadn’t thought of headphones, but they would work, too. I was thinking of someone who would not listen to an alternative perspective because it sounds goofy as the monster’s perspective probably is. However, some perspectives we ignore may not be goofy. Thank you!

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