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Age and Flow

If I had to recount a range for pure,
If would be womb to birth to sixteen years.
Aglow with vigor on a virgin shore --
Of first-love hugs and superhuman tears.

Fearless and careless of body and mind,
A known contradiction, a youthful show.
But, age spins quickly to the daily grind --
And, feelings reverse as we age and flow.

Gray and grown with painful inflammation.
Nothing to fear from a senior mind-prism.
Protesting every new deformation --
The paradox of youth versus wisdom.

Young, infinite, bliss, immortality --
Lost in mature, moonless normality.

August 23, 2016
Which Of The Four Would You Choose - Poetry Contest

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Date: 9/27/2016 3:14:00 PM
I keep clicking on poems I have read. Can you think of some I have not seen yet? Let me know, ok!!
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Tom Arnone
Date: 9/27/2016 10:01:00 PM
Surprise me, Andrea. ;-)
Date: 9/23/2016 3:01:00 PM
I agree age of youth has its good points but old age has some good ones as well..I enjoyed reading this one..Thanks for participating in my contest..Sara
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Sara Kendrick
Date: 9/23/2016 3:03:00 PM
Cute, note on your poem..I hope that the mosquito bite didn't cause Lyme Disease..LOL..Sara
Date: 9/11/2016 7:28:00 PM
I enjoyed your well-written Sonnet, Tom, and the paradox you present. It made me think of an old saying, "Youth is wasted on the young"! This should do well in Sara's contest, and best wishes! Sandra
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Tom Arnone
Date: 9/11/2016 7:59:00 PM
Thank you, Sandra. :-)
Date: 8/28/2016 4:30:00 PM
Ingenious sonnet about aging, Tom! Of course you are not that old, lol :)
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Tom Arnone
Date: 8/28/2016 5:04:00 PM
Of course, Laura. ;-)
Date: 8/26/2016 3:26:00 AM
A fabulous sonnet, Tom. Yes, the paradox of youth versus wisdom. If only we could go back in time to our youth with the wisdom age has given us. Best wishes for the contest. T.J
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Tom Arnone
Date: 8/26/2016 5:57:00 AM
Thanks, Teppo! :-)
Date: 8/25/2016 7:57:00 PM
oh, yes, those last two lines really sum it up. I have written on that same topic, just with different words. Great job here, Tom. I started this contest and can't remember where i put the dang poem!!
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Tom Arnone
Date: 8/25/2016 8:53:00 PM
You'll find it -- a winner, as most of your poems, for sure! :-)
Date: 8/25/2016 4:10:00 PM
A 7 for this well-written, reflective sonnet, Tom. Janice
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Tom Arnone
Date: 8/25/2016 4:20:00 PM
Appreciate that lucky 7, Janice! :-)
Date: 8/24/2016 8:30:00 PM
Great write! Brought me back for sure.
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Tom Arnone
Date: 8/24/2016 8:40:00 PM
Brought you back from where? ;-) Thanks, Tom!
Date: 8/23/2016 7:49:00 PM
You summed it up perfectly! Youth is bliss, ..... because we never believed in mortality !! Mature normality... dissolves the myth !! Darn it !!
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Tom Arnone
Date: 8/23/2016 8:06:00 PM
Yea, well, let's try to live as young and as long as we can. "Do not go gentle into that good nigbt." -- Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953)
Date: 8/23/2016 4:50:00 PM
Mind you there are benefits to being in a state of advancing years...Just cannot think of any off hand - Ah well! Lol... My best regards, Tom. :) john
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Tom Arnone
Date: 8/23/2016 4:55:00 PM
Thanks, John. Let me know when you recall those benefits. ;-)
Date: 8/23/2016 4:07:00 PM
Damn that senior mind-prism...full speed ahead.
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Charlie Smith
Date: 8/23/2016 7:41:00 PM
I forgot, let me read it again...
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Tom Arnone
Date: 8/23/2016 5:02:00 PM
Charlie, does that mean you like it, or you're having a mind-prism moment? ;-)