Thursday, February 2, 2012

Aging: Youth, Your Time Shorter Than You Think.

Photo: Google Images

fabric skin 

imperfections covered, 
clothing stylish and cut 
to strike a dashing figure 
               til' night arrives. 

               in subdued lighting 
I peel fabric skin 
revealing years of  
               flesh's reality. 

grateful to be, 
embarrassed to be like this, 
eager to cover the once taut self 
               with darkness and sheets: 

years demand a toll paid 
with youth and desirability, 
the onward journey a road to 
               humiliation or humanity: 

a difficult choice indeed. 

Poem © 2012 R. Burnett Baker 
Photo borrowed from Google Images


  1. i'm intrigued by my body as it ages. hopefully others are as well . . . for different reasons!!!! hahaha!!! steven

  2. when you pay a toll you go forward
    that's a good thing.. a road ahead to be discovered...