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.
You have everywhere to go
and nowhere to get to,
other than where you are,
for reasons not your own.
This senescence, is not what was expected.
Time a diminishing number of cells
doubling, in the immediate,
only potentially treatable.
Life it seems is what you wake up with.
All of a sudden it is today.
Sure, you have a few aches and pains.
Daily your body expands and flattens,
your feet grow wider as you shrink.
Not going gently into night
bits and pieces fall apart
and left overnight on the nightstand.
It seems every morning the fractals
of your flesh have become more pronounced.
Bumps and blemishes appear and disappear,
mold, bacteria, and wrinkles
replacing the nip and tuck
of a body, once not in need of repair.
However, for reasons not your own,
a renewed presence continues
and everymorn is wonder
waiting to be recognized.
You are here, having journeyed a lifetime
to get to where you have a need
to step out of the picture,
and elevate the consciousness of illusion
in an endeavor to know yourself.
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: www.antoniorambles.com