temporary

he stands
he stretches a back that has carried the weight of two worlds
only theoretically shy of third world
and trapped in perpetual youth
because his surroundings suggest that it is acceptable

his request is that in return this world accept that he is able
only for a dispensation in length
his van only suggest that he fell asleep in the trench,
but time was wired on no doze and accelerated past four decades

he failed to excel until that moment he realized his mortality
frequent glimpses into the mirror suggest the discovery of new blemishes
new marks
marks keeping eternity ever before his eyes

and as the sun rises
his imperfect sight merely recognizes
reaches for the corrective lenses
stretches his back that still carries the weight of two worlds
and drops the weight
for he sees the temporary as time flying that can never be regained

Temporary

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