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Middle years

Middle Years

I have become the dry leaf,

condemned by Autumn to be red and gold,

until the white night gently falls.


My beginning lies buried beneath me,

and my end, but a whisper,

that only the still and silent will hear.


Life has become a gentle pounding on the outside of the house,

and I an observer of beauty,

no longer a participant.


Too much bandage,

not enough skin,

too much to hang on,

where we’ve all been.

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