Something About Hope, Time and Brown Eyes

I keep this picture of myself,
from sometime during the 70’s,
a smiling kid, brown eyes
gleaming with hope, black hair
covering my ears and shoulders.
In it, I am a young man of my time
and my time was Now.

The other day I was shown
another head shot of a guy
I wasn’t sure I wanted to know.
His was hair thin and silver,
some growing ON his ears or
fallen upon his shoulders.
He appeared a man old
before his time,
which he prays isn’t now.

Through the bottom of my bifocals
I peered into the dark caves
beneath his patchy gray brows.
There I saw something like
a glimmer in his brown eyes
and I recognized it as Hope,
which knows not Time.
And was thankful Time
can never dim true Hope.

My catch-up poem for Day 2 of the PAD Challenge, which was prompted by the word portrait. Any resemblance to actual old poets, living or dead, is purely coincidental…and poor editing.

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3 thoughts on “Something About Hope, Time and Brown Eyes

  1. All of us change— time moves forward whether we’d like it to or not. So glad that glimmer still lives in those eyes, Joe! As long we we can still find that spark, and can still put our thoughts into words and share those words with others, then we’re not old, we’re ageless!!!

  2. I keep this photo of the brown eyed kid in her 50’s because at heart, she’s really an idealist who sometimes refuses to recognise she’s gotten older, wants to be an optimist, and is easily enticed to come out and play. Sometimes she even makes people smile!

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