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Written by: Keith Bickerstaffe



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.