The young man should not look others in the mirror,
for some it means stretching down towards a fate
wizened or withered, bending as well as porcelain.
Or is it watching oranges and lemons plummet
from branches bending nearer autumn
as grey waves swoop away promise of distant lands?
But these are shores and drops the old man
lingering over the nectar of decades
has seen and known and stumbled over.
So the still young look on regardless,
towards tomorrow’s glassy valleys and Byzantium
much as the berg calves itself into the ocean,
the rift, so far, a thin hope for charting life.