As I Look At Myself Carefully In The Mirror.... - Poem by RIC BASTASA

i see time
how convoluted it is
how deceiving like a magician
hiding time
inside the black box
and time
pretends to be a rabbit
or a bouquet of flowers
and excited as i am
to all these magic
i have forgotten
that i am a subject of
time and that
it knows
how to kill me slowly
without my knowing
and i look at time
from my hair
to my belly
to the thickness of
my hands
and the losing of
my balance
what can i say then
about those
beers in my belly?
those furrows
on my forehead?
these silver hairs
these tight lipped
words unsaid
a heart closing
as time shows itself
more real this time
like the black hooded

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Poem Submitted: Monday, December 6, 2010

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