blue veins pulse marbled mud
skin has become reptilian
breasts desiccated, juiceless buds
amber hair is now dusty grey
a heart that once soared now only thuds
have I become an alien?
Kim M. Russell, 15th November 2018
My response to Poets United Midweek Motif: Ode to Age
Sumana is hosting this week with an ode to age. She has given us plenty to think about with quotations from William B. Tappan and Francis Bacon, a haiku by Basho and the wonderful ‘Ode to Age’ by Pablo Neruda. She says we may write about youth, old age or even about a distinct period of history or literature, and eminent literary or historical figures in our poems are also welcome. I have revisited a poem from 2016 and rewritten it as a cherita.