He picks at his coat as he waits,
each loose thread an irritation.
Such tall ceilings could swallow
a man's courage, should he dare to look.
They come as a full dozen, a coiffure
of coconuts sat in their carved box.
Lead powders used to keep the lice
doused in the confines of their wig.
Echoes. Everybody echoes. Lies
echo just as loudly as truths.
There is no judgment, just an arrangement
of lint across the weave of his cloth.