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Recognition

	
	
	Recognition
	
	There I am again, 
	in the wall-size mirror 
	at the gym, 
	myself seeing myself, 
	a compulsion of sorts,
	a checking-in 
	to see what has changed.
	
	My bent and rotated spine
	is always the same — 
	a very noticeable dog-leg
	listing me to port.
	
	There are those
	who look at themselves 
	each morning in the mirror 
	and think, 
	“Damn, I look good.” 
	Perhaps the guy at the gym 
	with the triangular upper body 
	and tree-thick thighs does this,
	but I don’t know him, 
	so he doesn’t count. 
	
	I don’t feel very old inside
	except on cloudy, wet days.
	My exterior says otherwise;
	that doesn’t matter much now.
	I know shadowy mortality
	lies in wait. Occasionally
	I hazard a quiet guess
	about the time I have left,
	a fruitless contemplation, 
	leading only to 
	gloom and foreboding.
	Most often I move on 
	to meaningful pursuits:
	driving much too fast,
	eating ice cream, 
	making love, 
	writing and painting 
	to sustain my soul. 
	
	Some believe that one should, 
	"Live fast, die young, 
	leave a good-looking corpse." 
	I regret not living fast enough in my youth, 
	I’m thankful I’m not James Dean, 
	and ashes are only as beautiful 
	as the urn in which they are stored.
	
	So, henceforth I shall marvel 
	at my visage in the mirror, 
	appreciating both my continued presence
	and the elegant curve of my crookedness.
	
	
	
	
	
	

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  1. Date: 10/26/2013 12:05:00 PM
    jack This is a very honest and truthful write about getting older but not wanting to look it. It doesn't matter how old we are, what we look like or how we act. It's just the way we live and treat others. Nice job

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 10/26/2013 12:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, and I agree with you about actions being more important than appearance... jack
  1. Date: 10/25/2013 4:01:00 AM
    Marvelous poem about coming to terms with growing old Jack...'and ashes are only as beautiful as the urn in which they are stored' and what a last line! Congrats - Tim

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 10/25/2013 8:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Tim, for your comments... Jack
  1. Date: 10/23/2013 1:04:00 PM
    Hi Jack, :) Enjoyed your free verse win.......... Love ~SKAT~

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 10/23/2013 1:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I'm glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for reading... Jack
  1. Date: 10/23/2013 10:35:00 AM
    Congrats on your winning work..Way to go!!!Sara

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 10/23/2013 12:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Sara... Jack
  1. Date: 10/22/2013 10:43:00 AM
    Congrad's on your win free verse is a favorite form of mine. Hey we have the same attitude! LOL Light & Love

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 10/23/2013 12:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Debbie. So far as I know, it's the only healthy attitude to have, although it's sometimes difficult to maintain... Jack
  1. Date: 10/22/2013 7:14:00 AM
    Jack to reflect is often so soul filling congrats on a fine win Shadow x smile

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 10/22/2013 8:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    As an old guy, I seem to spend a lot of time reflecting. Thanks for the comment,.. Jack
  1. Date: 10/21/2013 2:40:00 PM
    Holy Smokes... love your reflections of self inventory. Such a gem to read today and congrats on your well deserved win

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 10/21/2013 5:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    What/who I saw in the mirror wasn't a surprise. I'd just never given it serious thought. Thanks... Jack
  1. Date: 10/20/2013 10:23:00 PM
    Congrats on the win in the contest, Jack

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 10/21/2013 8:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for the comment... Jack
  1. Date: 10/20/2013 9:13:00 PM
    Hello Jakc, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Thanks for supporting my "FREE VERSE" contest <----- Had fun reading your WIN!! If you'd like:-) Enjoy my latest blog! "THE FOOL" :) AT -----> http://www.poetrysoup.com/poetry_blogs/blog_detail.aspx?BlogID=17055&PoetID=18720 xoxox-------take care & enjoy your coming week. <3 Linda <3

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 10/20/2013 10:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Linda. It's an honor to be a winner in your contest... Jack
  1. Date: 8/16/2013 7:45:00 PM
    Jack, you must go to the same gym I do Or we must be looking in the same mirror. Feel what you feel. Think what you think. Perhaps it has to do with getting older. Well written. Allan

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 8/16/2013 7:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Allen. It's always a risky thing, to look in a mirror. I've been surprised more than once. Thanks for the very accurate comment.
  1. Date: 8/2/2013 7:05:00 AM
    Hi Jack; You remind me of my husband, the way you think. Live fast die young and leave a good looking corpse. He also use to look in the mirror and say to himself - if I can look like this 10 years from now, I'll be alright. My husband always looked a lot younger than what he was. Me - I say live for today and don't think about tomorrow. great poem .... Lucilla

  1. Date: 7/24/2013 12:17:00 PM
    I like your phrase "ashes are only as beautiful as the urn". A stunning line, my friend. I'm faving this one, Jack. Licia :-)

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 7/24/2013 12:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Delysia. That's a real honor... Jack
  1. Date: 7/16/2013 2:26:00 PM
    I really like this. It makes me think of not only myself in a different way, but others as well.

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 7/16/2013 2:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for the nice comment. It's often easier to focus on the negative aspects of our appearance than it is the positive. Being kind to ourselves is a skill to be learned when there are so many dictums about what we should look like... Jack
  1. Date: 7/16/2013 10:49:00 AM
    the elegant curve of my crookedness" this is inspiring and how we all should feel about ourselves and our uniqueness

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 7/16/2013 12:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Tara. It's taken me a long time to understand that about myself... Jack