There was an old man from…

Wait…

Was it Kentucky?
Arkansas?
Are they even
on the East Coast?
No
He couldn’t have been
from there

OK…

There was an old man from…

Wait…

Just how old was he?
I mean
doesn’t it depend
on when
the rhyme was written?
200 years ago
40-years old
was considered
old age
Hollywood ideals
of wise elders
white bushy beards
nothing of the sort
Our impending
middle age
was their
old-and-wise

OK…

There was a man from…

Wait…

Why wasn’t it a woman?
What if he/she was transgender?
Or gay?

OK…

There was a person from…

Wait…

What if he/she was only visiting?
What does it mean to be “from”
anyway?

OK…

There was person
(possibly male, female
or some mixture
of the two)
from
(or maybe visiting
or relocated
potentially
though for now
we’ll agree
that “from”
covers
his/her/its
relationship to place)
from?
OK?
from Nan…

Ah, fuck it!
I give up!

[from Michele’s prompt: “Nantucket” – in short, I don’t do limericks!]