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Age as Measure
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Patricia Williams


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Listening last night to the Mozart Requiem
made me wonder: what wealth did the world miss,
what concertos, operas, cantatas, might he
have written, had he not died
at age thirty-five.

Stars like Mozart make their mark early,
but prodigies also may quickly fizzle; some can’t
produce past a midlife crisis, others
don’t start a meteoric rise ‘til well past
age thirty-five.

Salmon is best eaten fresh, before it gets fishy;
stews often improve the second day; some cheeses
don’t become better, go unintentionally fungal;
fine wine develops with time on the shelf.
Wright still built
beyond age ninety. 
 

© by Patricia Williams.
Used with the author’s permission.

 

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Patricia Williams retired from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point after 27 years of teaching design and culture. Her specialty was Chinese culture which, in their stylistic approach, some of her poems reflect. She writes in a variety of genres and has had work published in both online and print journals in the U.S. and England. Patricia lives in the countryside with her husband and is a member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.

 


Post New Comment:
lincolnhartford:
I like that inductive style of looking for the common sense of disparate things. Like watching one's life go by. Takes one from the beginning of a good poem to the end.
Posted 01/16/2014 09:47 AM
fer:
I have also wondered the same thing about Mozart...and other composers. Thanks, Patricia, for putting the wonder into poetic form.
Posted 01/16/2014 09:25 AM
Ross Kightly:
Coming up - as I am - to my 69th birthday I always like to think more of Verdi, Tolstoy and Titian rather than Mozart and Keats! I'm not that fond of salmon either, preferring a properly aged fillet or sirloin steak... what a lovely poem! Many thanks for it.
Posted 01/16/2014 04:21 AM


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