Flirty thirty?
At thirty three I flirt with nought but age.
With youth burned away so brightly,
Can we believe there’s more ahead than left behind?
Piled up memories like weights in the deep
Above a foggy dawn split by sea
And bursting lungs bound to rise,
Gasp and grasp at life-
Choking children to keep our place,
Masters who teach no students to excel them.
I’ve had enough of being myself
Its time to try someone else,
So thank you age for making it so,
Warp drive to alien stars.
No choice left but to abandon ship
And find what’s waiting behind the curtain
Of life not yet lived –
The old man I’ll become.
I hope he has something good to say
And regrets not a single day,
Mistakes and triumphs all the same
Because they made me him.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. charlesmashburn
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 21:16:58

    Good one! I’m 61, and in many ways still feel like a kid. Definitely a lot of thoughts about wishing I’d known then, what I know now, but for the most part I’m happy and digging the now!


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  3. zendictive
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 21:38:55

    you have been handed the Liebster blog award


  4. zumpoems
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 23:12:44

    Well, our body may be 33, 61 or 90 but if its just a temporary house, that’s fine as always nice to move into a brand new abode!


  5. Mike M (@__mikeM)
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 02:54:23

    I’ve never noticed how similar poems are to koans , until just now. Nice work.


    • mbwilliams
      Nov 28, 2011 @ 23:56:38

      What a great comment, thank you! Yes! The multiple levels of meaning depending on the reader, the riddle like nature of seeing things from a new point of view, the appreciation of the beauty of life and the creativity of spontaneous writing – all very Koan like indeed!


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