LAST NIGHT WHEN WE WERE YOUNG
scented petal and primrose
the myriad through colored mists,
while dimpling age creeps
chasing away the specter of youth
across the shadows of our death masks?
Plain and prominent,
beyond the spiteful nose
that directs our gazes hither or to –
anywhere but in reflection
of these celebrated truths.
the density of youth
marvelous and obtuse,
unobstructed by pragmatism
t’was an oracle before its time,
beyond the scope of mere logic
finding the nonsensical
- it’s challenge
even as invincibility fails to shield
the approaching granules of sand.
The glass is half empty…
each lapse, a shortness of breath,
the specter no longer shotgun,
its generous fleeting kiss,
blown in the rear view of formative naiveté
Sixteen candles times two,
our farewell to the prom chaperones
fitting – now quaint.
I admire youth…
catapulting toward imminent disillusion,
only vague comprehensions
of an end,
engrossed in the ride,
with those perilous mid-life cliff tops
fast approaching –
full steam ahead, I suppose,
till the end of the line.
@ Nick Zegarac 2006 (all rights reserved).