old dreams    Poetic Express award

What dreams survive the dustiness of age?
Why, all of them!  In ageing they go prime.
While teenage angst is best at muffled rage
and young adults excel at hustling time,
it's old decrepitude that's fit to climb
beyond the cage of flesh and sniff the stars.
Dim-eyed beholders best see what is wild,
anticipate where wheelchairs outpace cars.
It takes the wear of years to free the child.

Poetic Express, the legendary and now defunct website associated with The Sacramento News, presented Old Dreams in October 1996 in their Poetic Express II section, which they described as, "not for the faint at heart. Quality and experience are a priority in this area."