Face – A Poem

I have destroyed my face;
Early in my life
it was already too late.
At 20 it was already too late

At 20 I began to age
This aging, I saw it
subtle yet brutal
spread across my features

One by one it spread across them
this new face I was to keep
its contours the same while
the youthful matter all slowly destroyed.

I don’t remember which day it was
when I realized that nothing lasts
that perfection is for just a moment
before the downward slope begins.


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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5 Responses to Face – A Poem

  1. amoafowaa says:

    You’re perfect still. Perfection is living your best throughout your life.

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  2. jfwknifton says:

    And as the aging continues, you seem to get happier and happier, culminating in the last photograph, where you are busy passing your happy smile on to your little apprentice.


  3. beetleypete says:

    Whenever I look in a mirror now, I am reminded of Wilde’s ‘A Picture of Dorian Gray’. The excesses of youth, alcohol and cigarettes, 30+ years of working shifts in a stressful job. It has all come home to roost since I turned 60. If feels like a mask I should be able to remove, to see the familiar ‘me’ smiling underneath.
    Best wishes, Pete.


  4. Jennie says:

    Dear Frank, I am sending you good wishes for a speedy recovery. Pete has let our blogging community know that you are in the hospital. My very best to you, Frank. Cheers from hot New England. -Jennie-

    Liked by 1 person

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