That’s My Boy!!

That’s My Boy!!

No one knows me as well I do 
I’ll fix myself, I don’t need a crew

     
First, I open my room’s windows
I see sparrows, mynas, and crows

  
I make myself some fresh coffee
I sip it and gaze at the faraway tree

  
I search the papers for activities
I settle for ones charging low fees

  
Hey, there’s a Shakespearean play
Is this guy as good as they all say?

  
So theatre followed by eating out
What to wear? Must shop, no doubt

  
I head out slowly. It’s been a while
I love the sights and start to smile

  
There’s a sale at the nearby mall
Buddy, I select these. That’s all

  
The theater was not hard to find
I ask the way to it and folks are kind

  
One ticket for Merchant of Venice
The frontmost seat, if you please

  
Later, I head to the hot dog stall
A hot dog please and a coke small

  
I sit on a park bench to eat my stuff
Look! A small dog. Hello! Ruff! Ruff!

  
I throw the breadcrumbs to pigeons
A few birds land by me. The bold ones

  
I see a poor girl hawking fruits. So sad
Tonight, I’ll make ice cream fruit salad

  
Hi sweet little girl, give me one of each
That’s apple, orange, banana, and peach

  
No, I don’t want to know the price
Is that an extra apple? That’s nice

  
I catch a bus home. It’s crowded
I see kids dressed in white and red

  
Here’s an apple, child, I say to one
Throw leftovers in a bin when done

  
I walk the last mile back to my place
And finish with a meal after saying grace

  
We all know how to have fun every day
We don’t need others to show the way

  

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Nitin Menon
An O.Henry fan (The Last Leaf, The Gift of the Magi).

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