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)