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Love As We Age

it’s love

not Hollywood

the cordial intimate breakfast table conversation

the peck on the cheek

the quick hug

(which sometimes occurs, sometimes doesn’t).

 

love as we age

turns from an entrepreneur state

all buying, selling, new things

to a welfare state

just trying to preserve

the state of civilization

which is marriage

so attacked by the illness, allergies

the slumps in energy,

the thrice told stories

the little annoyances

which are tolerated

like the smell of burned bacon

the effect less on the nose with time

 

love as we age

is the real, naked thing

all the irregularities, blemishes showing

but who gives a damn?

the toast is there

the butter is there

nobody impresses anybody

doesn’t matter

affection has gotten past style

(Feature photo by Larry Luxner)


About the author

Dan Cuddy

Dan Cuddy is currently an editor of the Loch Raven Review and in the past has been a contributing editor with the Maryland Poetry Review, and with Lite: Baltimore’s Literary Newspaper. He has been published in many small magazines over the years, e.g. NEBO, Antioch Review, Connecticut River Review and online at Praxilla, The Potomac, and L‘Allure des Mots. In 2003 his book of poems “Handprint On The Window” was published by Three Conditions Press Contact the author.
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