She smiled and passed by him, beautiful and distant,
like a photo of an iceberg in the National Geographic
He shivered and woke up scared.

He felt old
and wanted to be young again
Wanted to be loved again by girls of twentysomething
who pass and smile.

He sighed,
his wife in the bed beside him, as old as he is old, purred in sleep
Moving away the sheet , he admired her body,
so beautifully familiar with the passage of time.

He remembered how the promises of the girls in their twenties are fragile
and tightly hugging his wife, fell asleep again.

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