LIFESCAPES – Musings – “That Old Coat”


I’ve seen it worn so many times

A hand-me-down from old friends

Where have they gone?

So fashionable the pattern

When it was brand spankin’ new

A flare, the cut, herring weave, too

The hint of sexy and dashing dare


That old coat.

Less fashionable now

But functional, and “proper”

Befits the airs of the civic-minded

Career-focused, briefcase-swinging

Yes, practical, economical it is


That old coat…

Comfortable, a little threadbare

But oh, so warm

Huddled on a bench

Beside longtime friends

Discussing politics

And the kids these days

Watching as the leaves fall

Our stone bench an island


Those were the days

Money, sex, and power

The coat’s kept me well,

Dressed for all occasions

Now it just touches other old coats

Shoulder to shoulder

And winks at winter coming

Once again.



Jon Jacobs c 2009

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