May 21, 2009

If life begins at forty
Well, i hope it ain't the same
it's been tough enough without that stuff
I don't wanna to be born again

Today I am 40

Men at 40
- by Donald Justice

Men at forty
Learn to close softly
The doors to rooms they will not be
Coming back to.

At rest on a stair landing,
They feel it
Moving beneath them now like the deck of a ship,
Though the swell is gentle.

And deep in mirrors
They rediscover
The face of the boy as he practices tying
His father's tie there in secret

And the face of that father,
Still warm with the mystery of lather.
They are more fathers than sons themselves now.
Something is filling them, something

That is like the twilight sound
Of the crickets, immense,
Filling the woods at the foot of the slope
Behind their mortgaged houses.

--- REMINDER: Tomorrow evening The Foreign Press perform at the West Main Development showcase at 2640 Space in Baltimore, with Don Zientara, The Caribbean, HD, and Nathan Bell. Doors at 7:30. The Foreign Press is scheduled to start at 8:15.

--- back Wednesday.


Blogger Allan Smithee said...

Happy B-Day Hackmuth!

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (May 21). Your harmonious relationships make a statement. It's like your life is a peace demonstration. Working to maintain communication, cooperation and togetherness is a pleasure... unless they're wrong.

note: added the last couple of words for good measure.

10:10 AM  
Blogger sqrl said...

cheers, you old bastard. mind your footing on the downhill--i hear the grade can be misleading.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Leafy Green said...

Happy Birthday! 40 ain't so I've heard.

3:01 PM  
Blogger stereogab said...

Happy Birthday. Don't worry, you're not old and in the way (yet) :-)
-a youngster

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

long may you run.

7:47 PM  
Blogger Bo Anders Knutson said...

happy birthday, i get so much out of your blog. all the best to you and yours. bo

11:35 AM  
Anonymous karl said...

happy birthday, dude!

3:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and I should have remembered...and will remember in the future. You share the day with baby Annabel. Long may you run indeed.

10:08 PM  

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