The Face Looking Back

I awoke this morning to a real surprise.

For when I looked in the mirror I was in disguise.

The face looking back was not the one of my youth.

It was the one of maturity, which I dressed with lies.

Only now the mask hid not that truth.

An old man was my reflection, my eyes red with sty.

Gone, the strength from the body that carried me through time.

My torso now bent and stooped, with a crooked spine.


My youth is gone to where I know not

The corpus left abandoned, my hands in a knot

It was time gone by I danced and sang and played the part

Now my pills of yesterday wait where I forgot

The blue for my blood, the red is for my heart.

And the purple one, I am sure, won’t do a lot.

The youth that I knew would live without and be just fine.

But I must now take them all to ensure a day benign.


Perhaps I will return to my room and go back to bed.

Where, on the soft pillow, I will lay my head.

I will dream of the days of wild and playful times.

To awaken in an hour or so and to the mirror I will tread.

Check my face to see if age has carved more lines.

I am sure I will find a face of youth, in my stead.

But alas I will be too tired to crawl out from my warm nest.

So I will stay a while longer and await eternal rest

ABOUT Terrance

photo of myselfTerrance is a retired Canadian Armed Forces Logistic Officer who traded his military uniform for a potter's wheel, when he retired in 1991.

Terry is presently working out of his studio, located in Longueuil, (St-Hubert,) Quebec, Canada.  You can find out more about him  here.


MY GLAZE RECIPE COLLECTION My glaze recipe collection has been collected from around the world.  I will publish a new recipe from time to time.  Some are tested and others are not.   You are invited to try the recipe and let me know if it should be continued or discarded.
MY COLLECTION OF  ARTICLES               I From time to time I find a great article written by a artist in the ceramic community.  When I find on that I believe will assist my fellow potters and ceramicist I will publish it on my site.   You are invited to submit articles for publication.