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No Longer Young

Updated on March 29, 2017

No longer young, nor handsome,
grey and grizzled,
with clouded vision and aching bones;
full of uninvited questions.

No longer does youth's anger
course through my veins,
devouring those questions
in towering pyres of sound.

No longer can I run,
nor dodge in agile optimism.
Locked in age’s prison
I sit, tried for my decisions.

No longer in denial,
by my father's compass
I tread this rocky trial,
judged by a jury of your tears.

No longer in defense
of ancient actions,
I wait quietly, patiently
for time to pronounce my penance.

No longer in this corpse-like shell,
with my debt paid in full,
my last thoughts go to
my children,

inheritors of my burden.

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      Ryan McGill 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Interesting answer Grace.

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      justgrace1776 4 years ago

      May they have peace.