But a Number

But a Number

number

 

You of endangered castes

Wandering days of the past

The sum of your age matters not

For it is a number

Befitting of blunders

A scar stretched out and overwrought

 

Superiority

Has now escorted thee

Like a self-effacing complex

And this feeling may last

But for a moment’s cast

Respect of mind, not age, infects

 

Like time when left suspended,

A wound left untended,

What has become of you and me?

The dark beneath the stars

Dodging, deflecting scars

Beyond my fresh skin you can’t see?

 

Motivational silk

Like a dream seeker’s ilk

Irrational deceiving nears

If aged you are on repeat

And you, far from replete

The spites, on the tip, graze the spear

 

Condemned I, before words,

But old the soul I’ve heard

Displaced from a forgotten frame

But you think me too brash

Well you can kiss my ash

And smoke on my ignited name.

 

 

 

Paul Neglia

Paul Neglia

Proud father of 3. Part time writer of poetry and short stories. I want to paint the world in but a few words.
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Paul Neglia

Proud father of 3. Part time writer of poetry and short stories. I want to paint the world in but a few words.

4 thoughts on “But a Number

  • April 19, 2017 at 3:51 PM
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    I love it! You have great phrasing and the poem flows nicely, Paul. The words you use makes seem ‘Old World’ type style. Love the last stanza especially. Well done.

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  • April 19, 2017 at 4:08 PM
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    I love the way this piece flows and your wonderful word usage….I’m not however even going to consider kissing your ash…he he he

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  • April 19, 2017 at 4:22 PM
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    Another great piece of poetry from you, Paul. You are a true wordsmith.

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  • April 20, 2017 at 12:27 AM
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    Some great wordplay Paul, and particularly loved the last stanza. A powerful rendering, stark and an acutely evocative work. Love it!

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