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Potrait of the Artist as an Old Man

Posted by Josephine
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On Jan 29, 2011

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 Check out this interesting fusion of poetry and art:

Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man

and Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man - Part2

image courtesy of john kotula

A sample poem from the Artist as an old man by John Kotula

Husband in Winter

In the middle of the night
I wake up in my warm bed.
I nudge Deb softly.
Yeah, she is still there.

I get up to pee,
Walk past the coats in the hall,
The door to the basement.
The clock on the stove says 2:10.
My old bladder knows the hour,
If not the minute.
There is moonlight coming in the back door.
I can make out the silhouette of the big rosemary plant.
I sit.
No sense in trying to steer
When I’m half asleep.

The thermostat is set at 58.

I’m cold
When I slip
Back under the covers.
But, Deb is warm.
I press against her,
Snuggling, spooning.

One day,
One of us
Will be alone
In this bed.
One of us
Will have to wait
While the heat of one body
Warms it up.

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