Sunday, August 18, 2013

Magpie Tales 182: Passing Phases (Faces)




















passing phases
(faces) 



middle-aged 
feints of effort
gloss at a safe 
distance, eye-glass
views as 
voyeur du jour; 

progeny hangs 
in the balance,
ancestor scars 
project adolescent
phases of bad 
complexions; 

still, we embrace
facets of difference
in age and reflection.

opposites don't 
always attract, however,
given the flaws 
that distinguish 
hot from cold, 
darkness from light. 


Poem © 2013 Rick Burnett Baker
Photo by Elena Kalis shared by Tess Kincaid.

18 comments:

  1. Wow...I love your take Rick..."ancestor scars" is so powerful...

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  2. beautiful, and so true of how we view things.

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  3. You manage to uncover an underlying darkness...

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  4. yes, sometimes those flaws that distinguish are too much to overcome...

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  5. I like your acceptance...
    'still, we embrace
    facets of difference
    in age and reflection.'
    Like your style, Rick

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  6. The wonders of looking back at the things that were...

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  7. Embracing facets of difference ... much wisdom in your poem, Rick.

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  8. Oh wow beautifully written, deep and filled with wisdom

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  9. Nicely written I liked the conflict of age and reflection yet they embrace.

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  10. Eye-glass views, and still through it all they unite.

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  11. I rarely agree with Cad (above) because he's my husband - for my sins. But in this case I endorse his view.

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  12. Written in an easygoing style. Enjoyable. Thanks.

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  13. OH the phases of life that stand before us....and we all must face.....love what you did with this Rick....wise and captivating as always. :-)

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