Aging, in a way










Aging, in a way


 


you are fading


mixing with the mist


the chimney smoke


 


and I am trying hard


to keep you solid


by travelling to those times


we once visited together


 


but I am unsure


whether it is you


or a reinvention of you


that I am sculpturing now


 


now that you are in a distant land


a foreign land


entangled with people unknown to me


except perhaps by stories we once shared


 


you are fading


mixing with the mist


and I am trying so hard


to weave what  I imagine you doing


into those memories I have of you already


so that we can age together


in a way







Albert Katz




Albert Katz has been a professor of cognitive psychology for over 40 years and is now on the cusp of retiring. In his undergraduate days he had aspirations to be a poet, gave readings in coffee houses and published some poems in long defunct small literary journals. He found it increasingly harder to write poetry once he started graduate work and through most of his academic, career, publishing extensively instead in scientific journals. He has been married (and divorced) twice, has three children, two of whom have published themselves. As retirement started to loom, he found that his poetic voice started to reappear, after almost 50 years dormant. Over the last two years he has published  (or have poems accepted for publication) in Poetry Quarterly, Three Line Poetry, Inman Indiana and, most recently, Pangolin Review. He has had one poe published previously in Ariel Chart.

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