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i am too old

by Mainon A Schwartz

to have these moments, the ones that rush in
and wash over me before i've had time
to fill my lungs
so the lungs burn and seize, helpless
as the airlessness scorches me from the inside
and i struggle, my arms and legs
taking on lives of their own
just to save mine
and in the thrashing i forget to watch,
forget to speak,
forget my name

yet i have not lived long enough for my words
to be properly trained, so being taken they
do not return, not with tails between legs and sorry eyes
instead they flee from me, overjoyed to be so free
and in the wake of their reckless flight
i realize i am too old
to be left so alone


Posted on 06/28/2006
Copyright © 2023 Mainon A Schwartz

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Rachelle Howe on 06/28/06 at 05:23 PM

hm. it's been WAY too long. you owe me a date. ;) as for this one, i'm going to have to read it a couple more times. there are little darlings in everything, but it makes me tilt my head for some reason. hm. i'll figure it, and let you know.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 05/26/10 at 03:22 PM

you set the dormant eyes to blazes with these images, crisp as flames, whipped up and emblazoned by a stoking metaphor.

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