Unlike Wine

by Maher   Mar 7, 2020


I feel I'm growing older
as my dark hair starts to grey.
With warm hands feeling colder
each passing Summer's day.
Words sometimes slur
when I forget what need be said
and locks dive more often
from the curls upon my head.

My eyes are weary
and nights feel closer to death;
with a mind so hazy,
I fear I've not long left.
Temper runs short
with what basic things I do
as annoyance runs deep
in the eyes of those I knew.

A gut now guards
what chiseled abs I had.
A beard now hides
the face all once looked at.
I've a voice box that's dropped
and of course, balls have too,
but the vocals aren't much good,
nor are the other two.

I feel twice my age,
though I'm only half that.
This is just how I age:
bitter, cold and fat.

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  • 4 months ago

    by Tony Grannell

    Hello Maher,
    Your matter-of-fact style eases the reader along into the humour, seriousness and recognition of growing old in a very fine poem indeed. At my age, I know exactly how you feel. A most enjoyable read. Well done.
    Take care now, Tony.

    • 4 months ago

      by Maher

      Thanks Tony, glad you enjoyed it :)

  • 4 months ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    Read this a few days ago and meant to comment. I found lots of layers in this: bitterness, yes, some humor or sardonic comments, yes, but also an acceptance at the end? The reality that this is just what you've noticed, and it's not how others may talk of their own aging - with elegance, beauty, grace, when really, what does that even mean?

    Liked the unique juxtaposition of the "aging like fine wine" expression.
    This read with almost a nonchalance too, that you can't necessarily change it, so accept it or move on.
    Was not expecting this piece but enjoyed it all the same!

    • 4 months ago

      by Maher

      Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. Funny what happens when you notice yourself getting older :)

  • 4 months ago

    by Star

    “ I feel twice my age,
    though I'm only half that”
    ^
    Those two lines wow, they sum up the poem in an impactful way.

    • 4 months ago

      by Maher

      Thank you :)

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