The Antioch Review, "Boy with Cane Pole" by Rick DeMarinis is written in 3rd person POV. An old man whose wife left him in 1970 now lives with a 35-year old woman. He used to be a teacher/writer and is now thinking about the end of his life, his wife leaving him, and time. Through a poorly painted landscape, Jake brakes, and his one extant story he explores his past and what he thinks about stopping, death. The "boy with a cane pole" is a figure in the painting.
I've never read anything by Rick DeMarinis. I like this story but I need to read it yet again. There's a lot to digest and it is kind of all over the place, but in a good way. In six pages, he explores an old man's failed marriage, aging and time, loving, forgiving, and writing and I especially like the ending.