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And So We Age

by Chris Sorrenti

physically we’re not that different
apart from more meat on the bones
a few wrinkles around the eyes
or better scars?

that phenomenon of iceberg
with only a small portion
showing on the surface
covering what crushes beneath
damaged goods

never to crack another smile
in one another’s direction
those clouded windows
a heaving pipeline to the soul
haunted bridges
snapped by the mountains of ice
grown into

did we or did we not
just recognize one another?
knowing well the answer
in how quickly both look away

© 2004

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Posted on 02/17/2005
Copyright © 2021 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kyle Anne Kish on 02/17/05 at 04:21 PM

Chris, you've really got something good going on with this poem. I can't even pick out a favorite line or two. It all blends together just as it should with its vivid display of honesty and purity.

Posted by Michele Schottelkorb on 02/17/05 at 11:29 PM

"damaged goods" aren't we all... on a long enough timeline, that is *smile*... making me think and use my mind... as a good poet should do... blessings...

Posted by Christina Bruno on 02/18/05 at 12:58 AM

everyone ages...but yours poetry (especially yours cuz you're great!) can live forever...and stay the same ;)

Posted by Ulyss Rubey on 02/18/05 at 09:34 PM

Ouch! that final line nailed it.

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 02/19/05 at 04:22 AM

Excellent Chris...Charlie

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 02/20/05 at 01:46 AM

Expression of deep antipathy full of timidity and fear. "How quickly we look away".

Posted by Paganini Jones on 02/20/05 at 10:54 PM

The last 4 lines are a poem in their own right -very senyru-like

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 02/24/05 at 11:32 PM

I just found this one I'd missed. Haunting for sure. A feeling well known to me and many I'm sure. Beautiful and real.

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