Coming of Age

Milton Jordan

With little regard for yesterday’s victories
and zero interest in its defeats,
these younger strugglers seem determined
to recreate all my mistakes on their way,
we can hope, to victories of their own.

I have been tardy learning silence
sustains more dialogue than advice,
new efforts demand their own mistakes
and new victories, like my old defeats,
call forth renewed celebrations.

Milton Jordan lives with photographer Anne Elton Jordan in Georgetown, Texas. His most recent poetry collection, A Forest for the Trees, is out from Backroom Window Press. He co-edited the anthology Lone Star Poetry, poems from Texas Poetry Assignment for Kallisto Gaia Press.

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