Literally Literary
Published in

Literally Literary

Ode to Adonis

Photo by FotoFlo on Unsplash

I was Adonis once & remember
how the girls would come &
encircle me in their tight band
while older women out shopping
would put away their bags & gawp.
I a shy but centrifugal force
too often the target of their gaze
yet would not wield the power they gave
longing to grow fat & old & bald.
Looking back, I might well ask —
what fool longs to be divested of
his youth? Yet I wished to pass on what God gave
slip the envy that followed me like a dog.
Was it a mistake to deny the
beauty that made small men hate
& women swoon? When time turned
as I hoped it would I slinked happily away
with little fuss — Anonymity had become my god.
Now I counsel others thus —
never be surprised by your own decay —
discover the life force that can never age -
trade up, change horse, find the one
that was never born.

Copyright Simon Heathcote 2022

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Simon Heathcote

Simon Heathcote

Psychotherapist writing on the human journey for some; irreverently for others; and poetry for myself; former newspaper editor. Heathcosim@aol.com