x-ray vision

x-ray vision

slips past my ancient skin

crackled bones, dust-dry

shriveled soul and sere spirit

long dead of lust and life


19 thoughts on “x-ray vision

  1. Valida Faire August 25, 2015 / 12:37 am

    I love the word “sere”–it’s just so perfect.


    • phylor August 25, 2015 / 6:52 am

      There are words that sound like they mean. I’ve always loved those very verbally and visually packed words. Sere is one of them.
      Dry as dust, we send our words, past youth’s glow to our ancient selves.


      • Valida Faire August 25, 2015 / 4:18 pm

        You’re so right–the sound is what attracts me to “sere”, and other such verbal/visual words.


  2. summerstommy2 August 24, 2015 / 11:13 pm

    Sad, so sad, life goes on, the things of youth often lie dormant but still exist within us…..this poem made me think of these things…


    • phylor August 25, 2015 / 6:50 am

      The body crumbles long before the mind is ready to mark defeat to the ravishes of time.


        • phylor August 25, 2015 / 6:54 am

          We can age gracefully with the ability to accept life on it’s most fullest terms.


          • summerstommy2 August 25, 2015 / 6:56 am

            Graceful ageing I sometimes worry about. I don’t think under any circumstances you’d say I was graceful. My mind still thinks I’m 30 . But I am sure you are handling with aplomb.


            • phylor August 25, 2015 / 6:58 am

              I’m glad your mind, at least, still thinks it’s 30s. My mind has been crumbling faster than my body, I’m afraid.
              Graceful is a state of mind, not just the physical application!


              • summerstommy2 August 25, 2015 / 7:23 am

                Yes i think that is an excellent way to view it, in our minds….crumbling mind is a worry but I think you have mentioned that before…..maybe some mind super glue to hold it all together a little longer might be in order…


                • phylor August 25, 2015 / 12:23 pm

                  Is mind super-glue available on line?
                  Yes, I do comment a lot about the loss of my cognitive skills.
                  With dementia in my family history, I guess I am subconsciously checking to see if it’s manifesting in me. Obsessed might be a better term.
                  I’m aware of what is missing, I wish I could get it back.
                  Psyche Glue for cracked and crumbling minds does sound like a nice product.


        • phylor August 25, 2015 / 6:57 am

          Another of my ‘tucked-away” series of flash fiction, prosetry and prose. See my other comment below.
          Perhaps the trite “you are as old/young as you feel” and ____ is the new ____ (fill in the ages) have a symbolic logic on a deeper level


          • summerstommy2 August 25, 2015 / 6:59 am

            I think they are attempts at denial saying whatever is the new whatever. I like being my age I just don’t go for the broken down bits that can’t be repaired. But I guess they contribute to who I am.


            • phylor August 25, 2015 / 12:18 pm

              Somewhere, in my mind, I stopped aging. For a long time I couldn’t remember my age, and had to do pen and paper calculations.
              For good or bad we are who we are. The past really is a part of the present, even if you live in the moment.
              I think of pictures with my grandmother holding me looking grandmotherly. A look that now seems strange given her age at the time.
              Sometimes, believe it or not, I’m an optimist that what is broken can be fixed.


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