Posted in 28 Days of Unreason, Poetry


With limbs of night
the pure subtlety of her
immoral breasts now
liquid with worms
corpse of her advantage
gone are the allusions
of her inexhaustible girlhood
and his ghostly curiosity
sated by the snips and snails
when all games
are forfeit
and late nights are no different
than early mornings
and still time presses its gain

Never mind

They see each other
as children
drawing swords
to duel as ever
in legs and skin
supple as seventeen
daring the sun to rise
just to get a glimpse
of their glory

© Jilly’s  All Rights Reserved

for Day 5 of 28 Days of Unreason 

“It is the burden of life to be many ages
without seeing the end of time.”

~Jim Harrison from
Seven in the Woods / Dead Man’s Float


A wild soul writing poetry.

12 thoughts on “Ageless

  1. I won’t try to pick a line or a phrase. You have beautifully written what it is like to be in such a love relationship that you see the other as they appeared on the day love struck. It’s not a blindness, but a glorious vision that radiates from heartedness for that other. Your words speak of the aging, and how beside-the-point it is to the greater realities of a relationship. What a glorious poem, Jilly! Brava, bravissima!

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  2. I thought she was a corpse ‘liquid with worms’, but corpse or near-corpse makes little difference to appearances—what matter is how we see ourselves, and maybe even when we’re dead we’ll still be seventeen 🙂

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    1. The portrayal is, hopefully, of fading physical beauty, contrasted by the image she holds for her lover and he holds for her – the image inside the breast/heart. Thanks for stopping by to read; much appreciated!


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