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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