“The Puzzle”

the old man
pieced the puzzle
together
himself

day by day,
moment by moment
until
all the pieces fit
but him.

The train
filled up slowly
til all the seats
were taken.

When he tried
to board
the conductor
said simply,
“We’re full.”
and the train left
without him.

 Flying standby
at the airport
all the planes left
on time
d
ay after day

until their were
no more planes
and he sat
grounded.

 He thought maybe
it was fine.
He had no
place to go
anyway.