Poem in advance of a next birthday

Watercolor self-portrait #3, by William Eaton, 15 Sep 2017Amazing, at 62, still a beginner

Bloated with experience and growing thinner

With scissors and phrases and crayons persisting.


“Impressive—he keeps trying, in spite of his stumbling,”

A few last friends, I imagine, they think or they say,


And I admire my peers, their bright ties and résumés.

My spring ever speaking of the length of the winter?


— Text and watercolor self-portrait by William Eaton


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Poem in advance of a next birthday

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