SEN-ESSENCE – The music you love no longer plays

 SEN-ESSENCE, “on the art of aging’ published in 2010, is available on amazon.  After being officially labelled “old” at 65 by the Canadian Gov’t, in SEN-ESSENCE, over the last many years, I have explored the aging process (senescence), and the attributes (essence) that make us who we fundamentally are – forever young at heart.
old women


The music you love no longer plays

at the top of the charts


the melody that rattles in your

morning mind is vinyl


stages of your life begin and end

like mile markers on the interstate


remembrance becomes a veteran’s parade of wars

with the newest and the oldest stepping in time


supposing there’s a logical reason you are known

by what you did, and where it all began,

somehow it chaffs of greatness bending to the whims

of what matters for what was left behind


what remains after the flood, the drought,

the insanity of scorched earth and genocide,

is the cream that always rises to the top,

and always will – a common lesson

in gratitude for the moment and a promise

of better things to come, just because

it makes sense.


songs grow old and lose their shape,

memories lingering long in the recesses of the mind

ever present, we wait for the future

to sit down beside us, and listen to the music.



Most of the photography accompanying the poems are from a photo essay of the elderly (los Ancianos) who reside around Lake Chapala, Mexico.  Los Ancianos, published in 2013, can be found on Antonio Ramblés travels! Blog:

3 comments on “SEN-ESSENCE – The music you love no longer plays

  1. waiting for the future to sit down beside us… lovely phrase… i’d rather have the wisdom of age than the foolishness of youth… there is beauty in aging… you showed us that


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