Old Flame

To be charmed by the world’s delight.
I was raised to understand this to be
a weakness. But I’ve since backslidden
to the truth that mine is a boy’s heart.
Now I have put away such mannish
thoughts as loving the world too much.
These days I talk to magpies and follow
rabbit trails and stoop to pick up every
penny I find. I used to act like this back
when I was a boy, back when I listened
to the warm and couldn’t for a minute
take my eyes off the world’s lush curves.

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  1. Ali on June 19, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I love this John!

    Kindest regards,
    Ali in Switzerland

  2. Cherry Odelberg on June 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Ya. I don’t think these were the world’s charms meant, but I received it that way, so too my teachers and parents.

  3. rhodaras2 on June 20, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Love this..I get this….captured it…..

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