Older People

About that way older people always seem when looking at them from a young perspective, then catching up a bit and realising the grotesque reality.

Obviously this only applies to people older than me; a younger person thinking this somehow relates to their life experience (so by default including me in their derision) would be in horrible error – as the young are perpetually destined to be, bereft of maturity’s steady hand as they are.

An amazing thing
Getting older
To realise the adults
Once looked up to
As worldly wise
And knowing
Are no more than
Verging on illiteracy

The meat heads
Who made us
Products of them


Header image: Head of an Old Man in a Cap potentially Rembrandt, possibly a pupil, circa 1629. He painted and taught in a time fresh with Crusades and Spanish Conquistadors. For his part, he never left The Netherlands. French sculptor Auguste Rodin is quoted as saying, “Compare me with Rembrandt! What sacrilege! With Rembrandt, the colossus of Art! We should prostrate ourselves before Rembrandt and never compare anyone with him!”

Thanks for reading 🙂

N. P. Ryan.


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