Fresh Meat


and I say this loosely

who start anew

later in life

like in our 50’s

realize the ramifications

of our actions

but we advance  into deep space anyway.

We press on with resolve and courage

because we know

that time

keeps running ahead

and the best that we can do is

try to keep up.

Call me


and something other than normal

I just need

to go over the hurdles

a little slower

and every once in a while

I enjoy

a good swift kick

to get me started

because the doubters

bring big suitcases

build shells

then like to tuck them

into deep niches and hang out

demanding telescopes and mirrors

with plenty of extra batteries

to focus beyond the present

into the blacker than black void

to ping in mathematical sequences

and then to listen

with a bit of trepidation

for some sign of intelligence and wit

so they can  share

the miracle of

a verse

or some meaty prose

with their friends

Not forgetting the remnant

who exist in the outer reaches

who are voracious  for new material.

and have not heard a good story

in eons.


The ancient ones

who have endured

for centuries

like birds of prey

on dry carrion

who will continue to exist

long after

our dusty bones

lie frozen

on a cold dead planet

hurtling through space.

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