Cynic



My eyes are worse,
I'm getting older,
doctor says.
Unhappy,
Less joy.
Look at my girls,
Always lit up.
They see magic.

Now I get it.
Kids find magic
Because
They look for it.

When did I,
Become a cynic?

Goddamn,
 I need a drink. 

About this poem

This poem reflects my realization that as I age, my perspective has become more negative and cynical. I express disappointment in my deteriorating vision and the effect it has on my happiness. However, I've observed my children, who always seem to find wonder and enchantment in the world around them.

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Written on October 28, 2023

Submitted by JoeStrickland on October 28, 2023

Modified by JoeStrickland on October 28, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XXXXXXXA BAXB XA XX
Closest metre Iambic dimeter
Characters 234
Words 62
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 8, 4, 2, 2

Joe Strickland

Writer from South Carolina. Recently signed first publishing contract and is waiting for release date of first collection of poetry. I've never written a poem while completely sober. You can follow me on Twitter/X @JoeStricklandAU more…

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2 Comments
  • talygarza
    Nice comparative between old and young ages, poetic humorous, accepting the facts.
    LikeReply 121 days ago
  • jerrywlawrence2666
    A Work Of Genius, Fellow Poet. This Thing Called "Adult Life" Is 2 B Gotten Along With Hapily. LoL
    LikeReply 122 days ago

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