So Many Aches and Pains

So many aches and pains

Never use to be this way

I could go for hours

Suddenly the years take toll

And the body does rebel

Very strange indeed

These natural frailties

That affect us all

One can cosmetically fight

But in the end…aging wins


~~ Dominic R DiFrancesco ~~


Ravaged By Years

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Ravaged by the years

Bodies surrender to time

Winter of our lives


~~ Dominic R. DIFrancesco ~~


The Passage of Time (Senryu)

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The passage of time

Only man feels its effects

Because he watches


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~


How Fragile The Body Is

How fragile the body is,

Abused in youth…

Cigarettes, whiskey and lust.

No worries,

It will last forever…

Agile and strong.

Foolish we are in our early years

Believing we are invincible.

Then suddenly we awaken,

Backs ache,

Knees crack,

Eyesight weakens;

Who is this elder in the mirror?

Perhaps the best we can do is to live well,

Saving a piece of this body for old age.

The day the first pains arrive

Is the day we finally realize

…We aren’t immortal.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~


Ravages Of Time

Ravages of time

I see it in the mirror

Wrinkled, grey and thin

Underneath it all I’m young

Still childlike in my mind

This shell is just that–

A shell, weather-worn with age

To be discarded

But this is not the real me

Only a facade that I show the world


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~


The Minds Eye

By D. R. DiFrancesco

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder,

As does love when souls grow older,

Doth the mind play tricks on the aging eye,

Maybe so, it most surely try.

Portraying the look of younger days,

We overlook the changing grays,

Projecting on the freshness of youth,

Beliefs most surely are the truth.

With utmost certainty a gift this must be,

For lovely today as the first are thee,

Is this a trick or are we but blind,

Left to the mercy of a hopeful mind.

Doth this make us mere fools to our memory,

Would have it no other way if it let me,

Hiding away the ravages of time,

Leaving in life a love most sublime.