ridden/

©2021 Michael Raven

drawing down my weary face
with two arthritic claws
the better to count the
rings round my eyes
how old am i? tell me those
years have yet to catch me

but i know the truth
snared in the web
too many beatings by fate
have added as to this face
i'm tired and
increasingly broken
forgetting the bit in
my mouth

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