Umbrella Man

Umbrella man
Clothed in black
One leather gloved hand
Tightly coiled about the
Slick smooth handle of a
Dangerously dark
Umbrella
The other raised
Just for a moment to
Pull down his ink stain
Hat
Umbrella man
He steps through life
Day by day
Shadowed and
Suspicious
Humming an
Off key song
With a melody
None can quite place
For it sounds as if he has
Wrenched just the most
Bone chilling notes from
The hearts of the most
Common music he
Could find and
Blended it all together into one
Familiarly foreign
Tune
He steps forth in
Precise rhythm and
Time
His stride is a
Perfect
Disturbing sort of
Dance
His
Gleaming black leather
Toes
Click click clicking like
A creaky door as it finally
Closes
His umbrella is
Set low over his
Blank and shadowed
Face
It’s a peculiar mystery
As to how he can
Even
See with it
Shrouding his eyes like a
Dreary veil
Yet his steps are
Flawless
He has never
Stumbled
He is a hazardous oddity
Stepping and humming all while
Twirling his moonless midnight
Umbrella
At a
Dizzying pace
As he rolls the handle
Back and
Forth and
Back
Between his silky
Fingers
Umbrella man
He never stops to
Lower his umbrella
His arm never tires
His song never stops
His shoes always gleam
His step never falters
His dark never lightens
Not even when the sun
Shines
Umbrella man
He’s all wrapped up in
Black and
Danger and
Mystery on the
Exterior
But really
The
Umbrella man simply has
Grown into the dark in which
He began to hide
Years ago
It has become
Him
His arm is twisted
Crippled from
Holding his inky black umbrella
Over his
Tired
Worn leather face
Umbrella man
The world consumed him
And he
It
Now he is
Doomed to dance and dance and
Die
Each and every day of his
Dark
Peculiar life
Umbrella man
He needs that
Umbrella now
So that he can
Always
Hide
For he knows his
Darkness can
Invade another
So so
Easily
All they must do is
Peer into his
Bitter
Blue ice
Eyes

-Megan M. Phillips

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