Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 88,328 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

You Are As Old As I 'Is' - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

You're trying to clutch onto time,
Like you are smuggling family heirlooms.
Better give that notion up!
The only thing that seems not to age,
Is your hair that you dye platinum today...
And next week it might be chestnut!
And makeup can not disguise...
You have not seen twenty-five,
In at least fifteen years.
Give or take a few Christmas seasons beyond that!
When a blind man can detect your age...
He can tell you've been around,
For many many years.
He knows there's more rings around you...
Than some trees you have outlived!
There's no need to break down in tears.
People can see you're 'not' my grand-daughter!
You appear like me...
You are as old as I 'is'!
So take that mud off your face!
I'm tired of shoveling up this place.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, February 5, 2008

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