There is a Jolly Traveling Man

by Michael Shindler (March 2023)

Young Man on a Riverbank
, Umberto Boccioni, 1902


There is a jolly traveling man
With a twinkling eye
That does what he can,
As far as possible, not to die.

And he travels many a mile,
Many a full and fulsome day,
With a great white smile
And eyes that are gray.

But he comes to a crossroad
And for a moment blinks
And his teeth are yellowed
And seeing nothing, he thinks


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Michael Shindler is a writer living in Washington, DC. His work has appeared in publications including The American Conservative, The American Spectator, National Review Online, New English Review, University Bookman, and Providence. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelShindler.

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