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The old man stumbles, 
the young man swaggers with assurance; 
stars of grace and suns of perfect 
promise point to journeys yet uncharted 
on their pathways to fulfillment.

The old man dreams of childhood, 
cherished memories and golden opportunities. 
The young man yearns for sexual expression.

Companions, self-possessed, growing 
in respect for their astonishments and fears; 
the old man a philosopher, 
a master of life's unpredictabilities, 
the young man just a neophyte, 
the world at his behest.

Together, yet alone, storied travellers 
with different versions of the universe.

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  1. Date: 7/2/2012 2:07:00 AM
    I am new to poetry soup & this is my first time putting my work out into the universe & i must say i totally enjoy reading your work..I love the way you write keith, once again just great! together, yet alone how true!

  1. Date: 6/30/2012 7:39:00 AM
    Dear Keith. Versions makes me sad - perhaps because I miss the swagger. Lovely. Kathy

  1. Date: 6/29/2012 8:30:00 AM
    this says so much about the difference between the old and the young - you've captured these distinctions quite brilliantly. i still find it strange being on the "old" side, but it does give you a new perspective on things.

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 4:43:00 PM
    Nice comparison.

  1. Date: 6/26/2012 7:25:00 PM
    A nice contrast you made of the young and old. The older we become, the more aware we are of this sharp contrast. Well done!