Christopher Michael, gay, gay poetry, homosexual, lgbt, queer

Geras and Hebe

Geras and Hebe

Youth flits across the silver screen, ageless timeless
Beauties defying Time and all that he has wrought.
Youth’s frozen features stare icily back, decades
Beyond the passing of those icons.

Youth, defiant of Geras, thinking arrogance a virtue.
Defies the ancient Gēras who glories all a man acquires.
Insouciant Hebe, defiant of Time, unyielding, unbending,
Rebellious of that patriarch of living things. Youth his folly,
Child of derision squanders precious moments.

Youth but a stranger, regaled in rags or finest silks,
Confusion reigns, hopes flag, Time withers.
Youth and Beauty worshipped by the masses, adored
Black and white images flicker across the movie screen,
Til age, unrepentant sinner, tears down the masque,
Replaced anew by yet another youth.

Age comes sometimes with wisdom’s grace, shouting
Promises of peace to the elderly guided by
Geras’ loving hand where senescence strove
A lifetime to prepare; the cruelest joke of all,
There is no solace in old age. Be it fraught with pain
And sharp memories of youthful vigor; looked upon with
Saddened eye to see another wasteful life. Youth’s vanity
Accursed, not know this is yet to come.

Between what lies buried in the flurry of survival and
The foggy swirling mass of memories long past, lies
The unanswerable: what becomes of me now
(For that fate is sealed) as Youth and I gaze now at
Wrinkled hands, sallow flesh, drooping ass, rheumy
Eyes, and weakened joints and cry, what is this curse,
And where did wasted Time go?

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40 thoughts on “Geras and Hebe

  1. hello! good to be back. As promised I’d love to say that this post is great . Sadly, though I need more maturity. i’m here with my aunt in manila been busy roaming round the city everyday.A new place, new mindset, a very active lifestyle of my two worlds.

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    • Glad you’re back. Thanks for the compliment. Maturity comes with life, not just to old people. Young people acquire it from experience. Keep writing, keep editing, keep living. Enjoy Manila and post about your experiences. xx :))

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      • I’ve been through a lot the most painful way possible is it a curse or what. Moving for a change in direction on being eternally alone breaking and leaving home over baseless unproven accusations without proof. I’m soul searching finding more time in serving my community and God.More at peace now.

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      • I’m glad to hear you are at peace. Is Manila your home or the US? I’m sorry about those unfounded accusations. This happens. And you’ve made your way forward which is just one of God’s small miracles!

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      • no, I’ve never been to U.S. I thank God that finally my hubby due to ceaseless talks with my Aunt Found out that he’s on the wrong and stopped bugging me anymore. The positive note peace is within us sad because I have to leave home to cure my ailing soul before he knows that his accusations was baseless.

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      • My aunt knows everything and we’re working with our problems ….the truth is the wounds are fairly very deep so I guess, it n eeds time and a lot of compromise. I have to do it to right the mistakes of the past and present so that in the future all we have is peace. Have to do it now or suffer forever. I like things at the moment the peace and quiet that really matters but I have to decide somehow for my children’s welfare if love is nil anymore between us then I have to let go.

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      • I think you are doing the right thing. We always know in our hearts what is best, prayer is just asking for the strength to follow through. Peace is to be treasured. I know you are going to work this out. :))

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      • yes,,,,peace is very important to me. I made a decision for a change in a bad way but the outcome is positive. Meaning, my hubby accept his mistakes and make a move for a change but I want to see that it’s lasting.

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      • nothing is lasting love; there are no guarantees, that’s the reality of life. We hope, we wish and we live each day. I want guarantees and I’ve struggled my whole life to have them…
        I am glad hubby has seen the light. Enjoy and live in this new moment. Don’t worry about what the morrow with bring!

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      • thank you so much for the encouragement….I know that love last and there’s no guarantee but there’s one who loves us with guarantee he never changes regardless of who we are …that is God. godlovesyousodowe.

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      • yes, you’re right. Sometimes, squabblings and fighting are necessary for compromise. Loving too much and forget our own happiness is crazy so, I change for a better me. Friends like you is a real life blessings.

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      • Thank you for that. All we are here for on this planet, in this life, is to love one another, help each other. That’s it. I’m happy things are better for you. That we get to talk. I’ve never had a loving relationship, I regret. But there’s no time for regret!

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      • I’m glad that I come to know you and accept me as your friend I really appreciate it. I’m renewing my connection with my family . I have regrets too , but as long as we’re alive we still make ourselves happy imagine having lots of money, good time with your family, more smiles and laughter with friends and love ones that is heaven. Enjoy life be happy I know you’re a good and compassionate man. I can feel it in my heart. You know my secret right? I love badly but i learned. troubles arise between us knowing it’s a two way street . I know why it happens. so, can’t put all the blame on my shoulder but i understand that he is also the reason of it all. What happens to us is not due to our mistakes or wrong judgment rather, it’s more on the people of our invironment. That, I believe don’t know if you’ll agree.

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  2. What I remember about being young is the conviction that I was right about everything, believing that I would never get old, and not even noticing when strangers took a second look because youth takes its attraction as a given. Ah, the good old days 🙂

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