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    Apologia pro vita sua



    Walking home I encounter a middle-aged
    or somewhat older woman leading her dog.
    Behind her what I take to be her companion
    with a dog of his own.

    I smile at her and note a look of surprise
    and maybe mild hunger on her face.
    She offers her shattered beauty
    like an apologia pro vita sua.


    Jerry Newman 27Dec07

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    a little sad really and leaves me with a lot of questions. a little moment in time. I love poetry about observations

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    Quote Originally Posted by motherhubbard View Post
    a little sad really and leaves me with a lot of questions. a little moment in time. I love poetry about observations
    Thank you. The questions, of course - if they are about her - will remain forever unanswered because that was most likely the only 30 seconds that she and I will ever share on this earth!

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    Middle-aged or somewhat older women are often surprised that a man would take the time to smile or engage them in a look. Was her shattered beauty her age?
    I like the poem and the moment in time.
    I'm in love with The Vinegar Man and Mr. Tanner, but be careful, it could just as easily be you.

    "If you're going to write you better have somewhere to come from." Flannery O'Connor

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    Quote Originally Posted by ampoule View Post
    Middle-aged or somewhat older women are often surprised that a man would take the time to smile or engage them in a look. Was her shattered beauty her age?
    I like the poem and the moment in time.
    Yes, I could see that she must have been pretty once but that age had not been altogether kind to her - and possibly that she was aware of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrinceMyshkin View Post
    Yes, I could see that she must have been pretty once but that age had not been altogether kind to her - and possibly that she was aware of that.
    Yes, that's when they look away first, not wanting to see the disinterest.
    I'm in love with The Vinegar Man and Mr. Tanner, but be careful, it could just as easily be you.

    "If you're going to write you better have somewhere to come from." Flannery O'Connor

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    Exclamation

    And for that reason thought you the kinder that you would smile and notice her. A forgotten flower, faded on the stem, getting one more look anyway! Lovely!
    Some of us laugh
    Some of us cry
    Some of us smoke
    Some of us lie
    But it's all just the way
    that we cope with our lives...

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