Love Song for the Ageless

Mayor

Madeline Rogero
mayor@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-2040

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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One of the poems read at the John T. O'Connor Senior Center on October 9, 2018.

By Marilyn Kallet



Love Song for the Ageless

If we were ageless and wore no bodies, we could rendezvous on a slip 
of light, a firefly’s back—no one would begrudge us,
and my face wouldn’t crack––

No more death mask jokes, no 
punch line
blows.   

Who crumbles from them?  Not Ozymandius,
not any object, present or past.  
Me, my pretensions, who did I think I was?

I’ll be out of time
soon enough.
Stick to that, that time of year,

bare.
If we were ageless, bodiless,
outside ourselves,

we’d meet like this, in words,
pinpricks of light––
this other real

almost-flesh.


Poem from The Love That Moves Me, Black Widow Press, 2013.