“All The Old Men Are Gone”

Gormosy 2

 

All The Old Men Are Gone

 

All the old men with beautiful manners are gone.

All the old men with courtly manners

who brush their lips or moustache over your hand

and look up the white pillar of your arm

meet your eyes with sweet kindness or desire-

Are gone.

The Hungarians, Italians and Russians who murmur into faces

with their own twinkling spheres gestures they find

‘deep in their hearts’ or perhaps like a well-oiled

Casanova, who glides across

the room and anchors your vanity to his side.

You are glad for the flirtation,

it makes the stomach flip,

Life Suddenly Worth Living

If even for the evening

you feel young and desirable once more.

They are all gone, replaced with new manners that

drink like flat champagne, a dullness behind the eyes

capturing nothing and inspiring less-

These have replaced all the old men with beautiful manners

for they are gone and mostly forgotten

except by those who remember and damn well know

what is  missing.

Jane-E. Kohut

Copyrighted, 2016

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