Old Woman

A wise old man
closer to the exit door
may see the image in his mind
carved in stone, when all was perfect

or perhaps not at all,
for the highs and lows
of life come slowly and for us
do not last long.

I don’t know when that moment was,
when the world was mine
and all would last tomorrow and tomorrow
and I was at my height

for just a moment
then it passed
leaving me to realize
that nothing lasts forever.

And now an old woman;
in the mind’s eye
still a radiant beauty,
also passed her moment of perfection

she too
like me
almost at the end of her career
the baleful sound of Gabriel’s trumpet near.

My mind falls silent and no longer asks
if the joy or pain is more; the sight of her
calls forth the end of days
yet gives me great delight.


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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9 Responses to Old Woman

  1. Maggie says:

    This is beautiful and thought provoking. Is this your work?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. This is a thoughtful but oh so delightful text.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. beetleypete says:

    Lovely stuff, Frank. We grow old together, and never notice those things that others see with younger eyes.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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