So Sorry for Your Loss
It isn't youth you pursue as it recedes
with your hairline and just as little fanfare.
It's what you've lost before knowing
you had it: that period when life
was a window into the possible,
before dream was severed from life
and life from dream. That, too,
occurred when you weren't looking,
with a brutality you take with you to the grave.
David Adès is an Australian poet currently living in Pittsburgh. He has been a member of Friendly Street Poets since 1979. His collection Mapping the World was commended for the Anne Elder Award 2008. His poems have appeared widely in Australian and American journals and literary magazines. He was a volunteer editor of the Australian Poetry Members Anthology Metabolism. Poems have recently been published or are forthcoming in Atlanta Review, Blast Furnace, Blue Pepper, Cordite Poetry Review, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Red River Review, Sleet Magazine, Social Alternatives, Sotto, Studio, Tamba, The Fourth River, Tincture and Uppagus and anthologised in Australian Love Poems 2013 and The Stars Like Sand - Australian Speculative Poetry.