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From the archives – Sonnenizio on a Line from Yeats by Catherine Rogers

Sonnenizio on a Line from Yeats

An aged man is but a paltry thing.
An aged woman, on the other hand,
Has no time to be paltry like her man.
She’s coaxing fire to make the kettle sing.

She fries the sausages and sets the forks.
He sighs his own obituary, then dozes,
Dreaming of imperishable roses.
Real roses must be pruned. She gets to work.

The old man has his legacy to tend;
He mourns his fading powers with aching heart.
Her hands ache with arthritis, but she’s smart
And takes an aspirin; she has socks to mend.

Byzantine sage, enough of fiery gold!
The real trick’s being too busy to get old.

from Autumn Sky Poetry DAILY, November 27, 2015 — by Catherine Rogers

Photograph by Christine Klocek-Lim


5 responses to “From the archives – Sonnenizio on a Line from Yeats by Catherine Rogers”

  1. jillmorganclark Avatar

    This poem captures a plethora of truths so much so, my heart sighed when I read it.

  2. Janice D. Soderling Avatar
    Janice D. Soderling

    I remember reading this in the past. Loved it then. Love it now.

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  4. heyannis Avatar

    Perfect! I got a real chuckle out of this poem — such truth. Thank you.

  5. Robert Bradshaw Avatar
    Robert Bradshaw

    The humor made my day. Thanks

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