Writers' Ink at Caledon Public Library

Aging

well, as they say, you’re only as old as
a break down dance or
tango with stiffness and what’s that again?
can’t hear so well
(and it’s just as well, cuz it’s mostly cacophony)

and, speaking of skin, liver spots scatter across epidermal plains
like politicians on the hustings
and buffaloed libido melting like snow in summer’s flaccid heat
(tired testicles and no neuticals as back up, dang it)

Aging?
well, it’s like salt-coated aspirin
the bitter pill taken daily
(for the heart, you know)
thinning the bloodlines of memory
of fashion and friends
herds of them galloping over cliff edges
their lives a galaxy of lights
flickering, shed like dandruff, off
(and good riddance to the ones who wronged us)

and the older we get the more invisible we become
unseen by young eyes
a wisp of peripheral grey impeding iPhone concentration
irrelevant, shaky on the pins, early to bed
gazing out of dormer windows
at what could forever be
last sky last cloud
and disease hovering in dark corners
like a gang of young tumours
lit cigarettes flaring up in the dim
alleyways of any day now

invisible men and
gurus of the waiting game
we push up onto elbows
to take it all in one more time
to take in the moment, the touch, the poetry of here
the sexy visceral superheated I love you last seconds
as if they were the last
as if they were anything but the last

Aging?
some of us say “bring it on”
and some of us say “not interested”
and some of us just say “where’s my teeth?”

by Harry Posner

About Alton Chapter

The Alton Chapter of Writers' Ink meets the 1st Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Alton Branch.

One comment on “Aging

  1. David Chesterton
    October 18, 2015

    Hey Harry,
    After reading your hilarious ‘Aging’ overview I feel a little harried. A wonderful series of Harry’s parodies. I’m off to the Orangeville Art Show – demonstrating sketches. Surrounded by colourful paintings some so large I’d have trouble finding a wall big enough to take them — and I’ll is there sketching — in one colour. Just an oldish guy doing what he loves to do because it’s so simple.
    David

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