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jwesley
Member Rara Avis
since 04-30-2000
Posts 7267
Spring, Texas


0 posted 01-29-2018 10:30 PM       View Profile for jwesley   Email jwesley   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for jwesley

Transmogrify

Very respectfully,
I buttoned
the top button
of my old dress shirt
the baby blue one,
washed so often
it is now, really,
just a hint of blue.
I did the thing you do
to ties,
the paisley one,
hanging around my neck, and
it actually became presentable.

I brushed back
the medium-length hair
on my temple,
the left side first,
and then the right
as it was more temperamental,
was always obstinate,
never wanting to lay
like the left.

The top of my head
I left alone Ė
it was bald, after all.

The mirror showed two,
deep-set blue eyes
that always seemed to elicit
one comment or another,
depending upon circumstances;
a beard from ear to ear,
following my jaw-line,
going half-way up both cheeks,
two inches down the neck
and very grey,
as is my hair now.

Age doesnít so much show,
as does wear,
permanent laugh lines,
and a pensive sadness
missing all
that has come and gone.

I look at that old man staring back
from the mirror
and try to match him
with the exuberance
and vitality of the memories
flashing behind my eyes.
I try to understand who he is;
from where he came
and how he kidnapped my face . . .
but Iím interrupted by gleeful laughter
filling the space between my ears.

I see . . . You!

Heat flushes my skin.
My heart throbs with abandon;
the old man in the mirror transmogrifies,
and there I am,
a young, thirty-something,
calling over my shoulder
as I assign perfection
to the knot in my tie . . .

Iím coming, honey.


Iím coming.


© wesley james beard, jr.
January 2018
© Copyright 2018 Wesley James Beard, Jr. - All Rights Reserved
Bluesy Socrateaser
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since 11-07-2002
Posts 1457
In The Mirror


1 posted 01-30-2018 12:55 AM       View Profile for Bluesy Socrateaser   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bluesy Socrateaser

Something everyone does, but many without the articulation, my friend.

BTS

...just bein' Bluesy

JerryPat2
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since 02-06-2011
Posts 16439
South Louisiana


2 posted 01-30-2018 10:12 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

"articulation" Lori said, and you, my friend, have it in spades.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

Bluesy Socrateaser
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since 11-07-2002
Posts 1457
In The Mirror


3 posted 01-30-2018 11:58 AM       View Profile for Bluesy Socrateaser   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bluesy Socrateaser

Ha-ha-ha! Jerry thinks I look like Lori Rhoden! Now that's "articulation" for ya! Ha-ha-ha!

Tell me, Mr. Bolton...is it my long hair or my cute smile that got the final vote? :V

...just bein' Bluesy

JerryPat2
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since 02-06-2011
Posts 16439
South Louisiana


4 posted 01-30-2018 12:06 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Heh.Heh Neither one got my vote, my friend, it is your basic sincerity I've read in your poems lo these many years. THAT always gets my "final vote."

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

Lori Grosser Rhoden
Member Rara Avis
since 10-10-2009
Posts 8737
Fair to middlin'


5 posted 01-31-2018 05:26 AM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

Jimmy,
Jimmy I really enjoyed this poem! But I must confess I kept expecting a funeral or something heart wrenching at the end. I loved this 'slice of life' as our friend would say.
~L
Poet In Pink
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since 05-18-2017
Posts 814
MI


6 posted 01-31-2018 02:28 PM       View Profile for Poet In Pink   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet In Pink

You know what they say Jimmy...Your only as old as you feel This is a great write! Much enjoyed ~ Alana
Marchmadness
Member Rara Avis
since 09-16-2007
Posts 8890
So. El Monte, California


7 posted 02-03-2018 12:08 AM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

Great write as always, Jimmy.

Marchmadness
Member Rara Avis
since 09-16-2007
Posts 8890
So. El Monte, California


8 posted 02-03-2018 12:09 AM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

Great write as always, Jimmy.

insect
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since 04-22-2000
Posts 1008


9 posted 02-10-2018 07:04 PM       View Profile for insect   Email insect   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for insect

I hope your honey is taking you dancing now that your in your "thirty-something" again!
...thanks for transporting me back to a wonderful time in my life...
ethome
Member Patricius
since 05-14-2000
Posts 11877
New Brunswick Canada


10 posted 02-13-2018 08:09 AM       View Profile for ethome   Email ethome   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit ethome's Home Page   View IP for ethome

Man! I just love this, as I have been there.
Like Lori mentioned, all of us have one way or another.
However you captured it very well!

Eric

true love never looks after it's own interests

 
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