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Old Lovers Never Seem to Age
by Gene Williamson

Thursday, November 20, 2008
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Lyric in Search of a Tune



I’m the sunset in September,
You’re the dawn, the first of May.
You’re the Present, I’m the Past,
But when you look at me that way,
I never dwell upon the past,
Empty years I can’t remember.

I’ve been around the world awhile,
I rarely kid about my age,
But when you look at me and smile,
I swear I’m just a juvenile.
Old lovers never seem to age.

I know that I should listen when
They say I’m nearly twice your age,
But then you look at me and then
I know I’m young again.
Old lovers never seem to age.

When cupid aims his deadly dart
I feel a burning in my heart.
Take heed of this old valentine,
Old lovers unlike rare old wine,
Just never seem to age, Sweetheart,
Old lovers never seem to age.
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Reviewed by Kenny Baez 11/29/2008
It's one of the great blessings (for mature men) that younger women often find older guys more attractive than younger males.

I'm 47 and currently bask in the love of a younger women like a happy lizard on a rock.

I've only woken up from a long Scottish sleep, from an Ingmar Bergman darktime. Let me enjoy my old age! :-)

Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 11/27/2008
Age is only a matter of counting numbers. It's what felt inside a person that counts. I'm so glad that you're young!!! I love this poem a lot!!!

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Kathy Kopp 11/24/2008
Gene, I like the refrain. "Old lovers never seem to age." It's true in my experience, too. Cupid's "deadly dart" upset me a little, thinking that a person could die from love. Cool rhymes. One tune that might fit I'd have to write out the notes. Kind of a blues motive, maybe? --Kathy
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 11/24/2008
Very BEAUTIFUL and ROMANTIC!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 11/22/2008
YOU are sooooooooo versatile, Gene! I like this and it seems a bit different for you, with your soft-shoe shuffling a la Fred Astaire here in this piece. Makes me want to have one of those floaty dresses that fly chiffon-like from the shoulders as we gliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide! Also makes me smile broadly... I only ever had one lover and he seems absolutely ANCIENT! Don't know what I've done to him... he's younger than wot I am!!!!!! ROFL ROFL, coff, coff XXXXXXXX
Reviewed by Art Sun 11/22/2008
Nice work does not place age and time does not recognize love either, it is the heart and soul that keeps us at that tender young age of mind....old lovers or young lovers or maybe and old with a young or vice versa...we still love and we still eventually age...we just stay young at heart...

nice ...

Art Sun...
Reviewed by Julianza (Julie) Shavin 11/21/2008
Hm: most have seen this as two old people, but -- you are speaking to someone literally half your age? Please clarify. Thanks. Beautiful. I can make a song of this easily. Sweet poem. You're definitely an incorrigible romantic, as am I. Are you writing about a real person, or fictional? Just curious and incorrigibly nosy.
Reviewed by Sara Coslett 11/21/2008
I agree! Love cannot be defined by age, but by heart. Good for you too! Stay young and in love, Gene. ~ Sara
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 11/21/2008
I'm not sure if it's that old lovers never seem to age or that the eyes of love see them in a different way... great piece!

Reviewed by Gerard Gauthier 11/21/2008
That twitch, that little twinge, a snap shot..a still frame in the moving pictures of life...something to hold to, to feel alive...Great read Gene
Reviewed by Jon Willey 11/21/2008
love, "once upon a glass of wine, all 'neath the moon and stars were mine" -- for love is in the heart and soul, the realm of man -- and age is in the realm of time -- a fine rendering Gene -- peace and love to you my friend -- JMW
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 11/21/2008
I sang it all the way through in an uptempo jazzy tune...don't ask me how but the music just came to my head, I've always been good at doing that. And yes, I love it, your words are true, they never age
Reviewed by Charlie 11/21/2008
Very tender, Gene. You're right, it wants a melody. You can almost hear it when you read it, but it's illusive, and sifts through my fingers. --Charlie
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 11/20/2008
This is so sweet and romantic. It made me think of a couple who are older in years,but there's still that spark...that thing that keeps them forever young. It's true, our bodies age, but inside, if we ignite it, there's always that part of us that can remain a "kid." Loved it, Gene.
Reviewed by Axilea MU 11/20/2008
The way we feel influences our perception of age. Unfortunately, the
way others look at us can influence too; and sometimes they're projecting their own insecurity.

There's the subject and there's the tender voice throughout the poem...

Reviewed by Ed Matlack 11/20/2008
Who you sayin' has aged, not you, young man, not you...the salt air & walks on the beach keep you young...ed
Reviewed by John Flanagan 11/20/2008
I like this mellow side of you, romantic and tender and optimistic, and the lyrics of Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered...a...child again...resonate; your song, too, is ageless, eternal as love is, and why do the begrudgers always have to mention the generation gap? Not as lucky, jealous and envious. This is fine, very fine.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 11/20/2008
Age matters not, where true love reigns...This is so endearing Gene!
It is true that age does make us appreciate love more.Wonderful poem

Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 11/20/2008
Love the use of the words "kid" and "juvenile" in the second stanza. This speaks directly to the heart - to the truth that despite the aging of our bodies, our real youth resides deeply within and can be rejuvenated with the spark of love. Also, I recently read your latest short story. When I stand back and look at the full body of your work, it reflects your multi-faceted character and allows your readers a glimpse into your many dimensions. Regardless of whether your're writing intricately detailed stories of one man's life or poetically exploring the cosmos, your work is always engaging - never "flat."
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 11/20/2008
Your words express all the profound beauty that surrounds those in love no matter the age, great writing...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 11/20/2008
Oh my,this is so beautiful and so true...awwww Your heart glows....sweet Gene...have a great and safe night..your so wonderful...Hugsss
Chanti Lace xoxo
Reviewed by Cryssa C 11/20/2008
I think this poem is true on many different levels. The picture it brought to mind for me was one of an elderly couple...still holding hands and very much in love. I doubt that they look at one another and see the ages that have passed, but rather they see love and beauty in one another...the same that first brought them together...only somehow deeper and richer than before. Those couples, to me, are some of the most beautiful people on earth. They are at peace with who they are and it radiates on their faces, and rather than making me see their age, it takes me back into their youth and makes me wish for a simpler time when love was all that mattered.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/20/2008

This is absolutely beautiful: when the man sees his lady, love is ageless. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by F William Broome 11/20/2008
My God, Man! You're talking my language... and then some!
This is very, very good, Gene, and I know exactly how this old guy feels or felt. Your poetry button works well, today, and I'm glad. - Bill
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 11/20/2008
Truth within each word, for I am still like a teenager in love from day one. Thank you Gene for sharing a great piece of your heart.

Newfie hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Bonnie May 11/20/2008
What a joy this is and what a joy you are. Time is ageless and you made two lovers forever young. Love and hugs, Bonnie
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 11/20/2008
Very well penned and so very true. Puts me in mind of that fild Shadow Lands, about C.S. Lewis and his book Surprised by Joy. He spoke of their love making, he older than she and she with body wracked with cancer. Said they had to laugh at themselves, no longer young, vibrant and agile. But they felt as if that were still true.
Thanks for that poem. Reminds me too fo a fellow, 25 yrs. my senior whom I loved and adored. Age didn't matter to me. He said he felt young and he looked young too.

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