i watch them;
unseen, ignored
made invisible by my age
shy, holding hands,
mouths greedy for curlicue kisses:

they think they
wrote the book,
they think they
found eternal flame
in flesh still firm
with ignorance.

silly infants, still
to learn dreary life lessons
of bonds
and bills and bread;
birth control/
self control.



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33 Comments Add yours

  1. deepercolors says:

    How true. But then again, wouldn’t we all trade places with them in an second?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Without a moment’s hesitation πŸ™‚

  2. adeeyoyo says:

    So beautiful and, unfortunately, too true! Disillusionment just around the corner…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Have a warm weekend adee, how cruel is this cold weather?

  3. halfp1nt says:

    Lovely, but who says we can’t still have it amongst the bond payments and bills?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Some are luckier than others Shorty.

  4. MissChris says:

    I still would like to believe we can have all that with all the perfunctory – may be why I am where I am ey?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ja, ek ook Chris.

  5. ah those days! well we had ours

    1. theonlycin says:

      Indeed we did πŸ™‚

  6. Alice Audrey says:

    Even at that age I wasn’t one of them. Actually, I’m closer now than then, with a man who stuck by me for 24 years. Sometimes when I look at those people, I have to remind myself we are the same species.

    1. theonlycin says:

      24 years AA, that’s good going, well done!

  7. buttercup600 says:

    Hmmm…firm flesh sounds good to me…but then…happy where I am right now!! Your blog is just awesome and I am so happy to have found you!! Have a wonderful weekend (not a warm one…winter here in Aussie too). ~ Hugs xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks buttercup, the feeling is mutual.

  8. granny1947 says:

    Lovely OC…and no….I wouldn’t change places with them…but then we all know….I am weird!

    1. theonlycin says:

      All that angst and battling that lies ahead …

  9. brian says:

    ah but wasnt it a glorious time…and if we dont allow them to learn, what will become of them? gave me smiles though. nice 55.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, I think the narrator here is quite jealous and looks through very jaded eyes.

  10. slpmartin says:

    Ah…it is sometimes good to be the observer and recall all the things you thought when you were their age…so young…so not ready for prime time. πŸ˜‰ There is nothing finer than morning coffee and one of your poems.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks friend, you have a peaceful night and a fine weekend.

  11. nrhatch says:

    55 words . . . much said.


    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s a good discipline Nancy, I look forward to these Fridays πŸ™‚

  12. I like this one quite a bit, Cin. And yes, I sometimes long for those days–wouldn’t it be wonderful to take today’s mind back into yesterday’s body? But then, would the wisdom really go? Or would hormones take over?

    Ah, well.

    1. theonlycin says:

      The hormones are quite a thing, I can’t understand that medical science hasn’t found a solution.

  13. colonialist says:

    This time I WILL try it. Still time!

  14. colonialist says:

    Grrrrr I hate not being able to go back and edit…

    Of course, I love yours!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Tanchewberrymuts Col πŸ™‚

  15. Patti says:

    Ah, they should enjoy that carefree-dom while they can. Reality will set in soon enough.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Indeed Patti, thanks for the visit.

  16. G-Man says:

    Lots of trips down Memory Lane today Cindy.
    Yours was right up there with the best.
    Excellent 55 My Friend.
    Thank you so much for making the effort to join in on The Friday Fun…You Rock Baby
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End….G

    1. theonlycin says:

      Enjoy your weekend too Galen, thanks.

  17. tracyhsays says:

    After much googling…I found your blog. Serendipitous..excepting, of course, I was looking for it. Great blog and a fabulous 55. I must try to do one of these…you have set the bar quite high.
    Thanks for your visits to my little world πŸ™‚

    Tracy H

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for taking the time to search Tracy, I’m not sure why the link didn’t work.

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