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February 9


78 (who?)
Doc says I’m an old
soul, with my postcards
and letters, and waste-no-words
policy. Doc says old souls still make eye
contact instead of playing with iPhones,
mirrors that stare back, and tell
us who we are by knowing
who they are.

Doc tells me I’m an old
soul in a young body, taming
wild Internets and bringing my words
to heel like a triple score
in a game of Scrabble.
That I was born in the wrong
decade, that I was meant to punch
typewriter keys like a boxer,
that the twenty-first century
wasn’t made for old souls like mine.

Doc thinks I’m too old
to be twenty-three, constantly forgetting
the barriers of my few years.
Like that I never wrote about myself
until he gave me moments
worth writing down, and cared
about the person behind the words.
That I learned who I was by learning
who he was, and drew a timeline
of intersection points where each
node became a poem, and each poem
became a stepping stone.

Doc unearthed an old
soul in my notebook.
Old like a favorite jacket frayed
in all the right places. An old
that has learned my form so perfectly
I didn’t notice until he shook
my poems out and found the pages
Doc has a love-hate relationship with technology. We once had a long discussion about his fascination with my own relationship to it. I was born in a transitory time, so I’m old enough to remember a time before the Internet and cell phones were common, but young enough to reap the benefits of having grown up with them. He’s told me multiple times that I’m an old soul, mainly because my writing style is, in his words, “mature.”

He really does forget I’m only 23 a lot. When we talk about books, he never seems to remember that he’s got a 28 year head start on me and tosses out all this obscure stuff :XD:

Anyway, I was ruminating on all of that tonight and this happened.

You can find my “timeline of intersection points” here.

*Forgot to mention, but I was actually imitating Doc when I wrote this. For him, poetry is personal, and attempt to get at a truth. The poems he's given me are very conversational and reliant on context; while I think this one can stand on it's own, knowing the context will add an extra dimension.
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Jallarial Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The opening is very strong, and the rest is a delight to read.
SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :heart:
living-in-his-head Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
The final line is absolutely beautiful. I can definitely relate. I'm a 22-year-old journalist who should have been born in the 1920's.  I can definitely relate to your yellowed pages. <3
SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :heart:
stargirl2791 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this "Doc" sounds like a super cool dude... :meow:
SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
He is :heart:
RuntOfTheLitter Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
WELL said and WELL written above! ....

This OLD man turns '63' in 27 more 'minutes' ....

Thought ya' MAY ENJOY a little 'ditty' of mine below
(from my "WRITE ON" folder in my Deviant Art Gallery here) ....…

My BEST to you and yours,

SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Happy early birthday to you then! :D I'll have a look, especially for your birthday :)
Alexander-Musset Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Yes, you really are a special generation. You are the last that will ever remember the time before the internet. Mine, like Doc I imagine, are the last that didn't grow up with it. We have BC and AD, maybe we should have BI and AI ha, ha.

Seriously though, it really is that big. I think you are lucky to have Doc.
SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Technology is one of the talking points we keep coming back to. He's fascinated and baffled by it, and I do my best to answer his questions on how my generation relates to tech. We had a long conversation about it just last night in fact, and he gave me an adolescent lit. book about that particular time in when the Net was starting to gain footing.

For me, I remember stuff like dial-up, but by the time we were in high school, the Internet was definitely a thing. Meanwhile, my three year old nephew knows how to work smartphones and iPads :XD:
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