Cruel Mistress

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It's a cruel mistress that gives you life, love and youth all ever fading,

And the only compensation is the wit to see them fade,

Wisdom enough to see the frippery degrading,

And the ever certain knowledge that you must watch it degrade.


It's the bitterest of bitter pills to sense your wisdom growing,

Knowing as it grows you must watch your body fail,

'Til all that's left are memories and the sweet sorrow of knowing,

That you're wise enough to see, the cruel mistress must prevail.



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M.C. Newberry

Mon 15th Apr 2019 14:32

A reminder of "tempus fugit" to make us fidget!
I find that living alone has one personal advantage - I'm, the only one
I know who doesn't seem to be getting the worse for wear.?

Frances Macaulay Forde

Mon 15th Apr 2019 04:00

Another clever observation, Jason. Thank you. And I agree with Jennifer - now time seems to have sped up...

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Jason Bayliss

Sun 14th Apr 2019 23:10

Absolutely correct Jennifer, whilst she is a cruel Mistress who takes everything at the end, she also gives you all of it to begin with, so fair's fair.

J. x

jennifer Malden

Sun 14th Apr 2019 22:12

Great writing again. Unfortunately am of an age to know how terribly true this is. The problem is when you live with a person who doesn't have the wit to see them fade, or to accept that while your wisdom grows your body fails. If you don't accept that the cruel mistress will always prevail, you make things infinitely worse for yourself. I refuse to feel resentful about something I can't in any way control, only try to delay it a little. Only too relevant!


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