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An Aged Vessel

Rating: 5.0
By T.L. Coston

Ah, who is this stranger staring back at me
An imposter mocking youth and vitality
Eyes once bright and fair
Are now creviced within folds of an aged man

A lifetime seen through the prism of self
Weighted in experience; Leaden with guilt
I see the boy trapped behind hazel guile
He, who was once fair, I barely recognize

I see him standing askance in a stare
And beside him others who I am unaware
They are multitudes spanning time and space
Imprisoned in a vessel not long for this race

The hour glass has passed the pessimist test
Soon, there will be time for plenty of rest
For, this old man is about to give up the ghost
And join those in another human host
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Topic(s) of this poem: age,death,elderly,regret
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COMMENTS
Shaun Cronick 27 May 2020
Great poem Thomas and the hour glass and its sands of time none can ever escape. Simply make the most of life and enjoy as best we can every new day. ! 0++ and added to my favs. And thank you for writing and sharing your thoughtful and most poignant poem
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Dennis Spilchuk 18 March 2020
The poem enforces the concept life is short; the sadness being it usually is in old age we realize how short it really is. The key to overcoming pessimism is to accept fate without regret & find peace in an acceptable future. Your poem is food for thought. Nicely written.
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Bri Edwards 26 February 2020
4 – st.4 pessimist test? " another human host" human souls (bodies?) in Heaven ... OR H-E-L-L? too much symbolism for me? & many may not understand what i'll call idioms. Bri ;)
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Bri Edwards 26 February 2020
3 - st.3 " others who I am unaware" Use " others of whom I'm unaware" ? the " aged man" is " seeing" (remembering) his life, right? " vessel not long for this race" a person whose life will end 'soon'?
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Bri Edwards 26 February 2020
2 - " I see the boy trapped behind hazel guile ** He, who was once fair ****, I barely recognize" ** hazel, refering to eye color? ? & ** " guile" : Treacherous cunning; skillful deceit. OR A trick or stratagem. **** “fair”, meaning “honest”, OR “of light skin and hair color”?
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Bri Edwards 26 February 2020
1 - after a little research, i believe " creviced" is NOT a verb, but always an adj., so i'd put a comma after " creviced" . :) st.2 " Weighted ** in experience; Leaden**** with guilt" [ i'd like " Weighted with" ] ** an adjective, here meaning " full" or " heavy" i think. **** an adjective, here meaning " sluggish" i think.
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Thomas Coston 08 September 2019
Poet Poet, you made me laugh. I read your poem and left a comment. I appreciate your persistence.
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Me Poet Yeps Poet 08 September 2019
The hour glass has passed the pessimist test Soon, there will be time for plenty of rest For, this old man is about to give up the ghost And join those in another human host GHOSTS APLENTY IN HEAVEN FRIEND NOW READ MY POEM MOMS SMILES
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Thomas Coston 08 September 2019
Poet Poet, you actually made me laugh. I read your poem and left a comment. I appreciate your persistence.
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Chinedu Dike 08 September 2019
The realities of old age are aptly captured in the poem. Beautiful and insightful rendition of words with conviction. Thanks for sharing, Thomas.
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Gajanan Mishra 08 September 2019
Plenty of test, great write
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