When we age…

by Max Wallis

We’ll be running through sprinklers laughing
two ancient figures, almost crumbling,
clasped hands perfect tight.

Eyes like sacks, teeth: gravestones;
skin falling flapwise sagging.
Vein worms bulging under fading skin.

Smiling,
kiss-mashed together under a rainbow throw,
as though first-learning, still.

Max Wallis is due to start a masters in Creative Writing at Manchester, and writes something every day here.

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  1. #1 by S de Assaf on October 15, 2010 - 9:03 am

    Beautiful and light hearted – loved the line “… kiss-mashed together under a rainbow throw,”
    A lovely piece that sings to the heart.

  2. #2 by Jennifer walmsley on October 15, 2010 - 12:08 pm

    A lovely, happy poem. Really enjoyed. I can see them now playing under the sprinklers.

  3. #3 by Leah on November 3, 2010 - 2:24 pm

    Can picture this vividly, excellent.

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