Such is not the face I see
when I look away.
Instead of the smooth firm
cheeks of memory
I see this melting wax
that plummets from great height
and spatters the solemn landscape
like pigeon droppings
on a parking lot.
There was a time I wanted to look
old and distinguished.
If there is an Oracle
it gave me the half
that distinguishes me
from the young.
O spattered countenance:
you are the unfairest in this land
of broken fantasy
let me dream let me dream
and always look a little to the side.

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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