too old for verse,
too old for love,
too old for dreams,
too old for drama.
at twenty-four I met
a poet, published, older,
now an ash inside a tomb.
shared his verse in class,
gathered his disciples in the Irish bar
with beer, we paid attention, we craved, believed.
he bellowed, “as you recover, as you get well,
you will grow up and give up verse.”
“words of poets die,” he said, “and so will you.”
I recall those days, yet here I persist in
being old, in love, not well, words still invade.
not yet recovered, not well, still seeing songs,
still confused by poets and in awe of a dated
wordsmith, who convinced me I was young
without any songs to harmonize or murmur
like a pesky insect buzzing in my mind.
One thought on “Too Old for These”
You mange to convey both love and regret in the same phrases. This is a lovely poem with an honest feel to it.
I want to argue that you are not too old, in fact too young to be alone.