Thomas Ország-Land

The Patriarch

Since I was young, I've been the youngest

and worshipped Venus in the sacred

and fragrant colonnades of even

her humblest serving maids.

Some of the time I've managed to

ignore the silly rules, and valued

a graceful poem higher than

a contract of employment.

And thus I've spent my life surrounded

by books and children. Now my grandson

advises me to act my age.

Outrageous innocence!

Poor stranger, I've been younger than you

for longer than you would remember.

I've celebrated life so long

I am too young to change.

Thomas Ország-Land © 2010