Youth is drunk with sense of touch,
gives not a thought to vanities
and ambitions supple and impudent.
The heart of an old man shuttleswith confusions of age and memory
— of whispers fathered by passion
rekindled in the dark, of warm hands
driven to caressing when craving has
not reached closer conclusion.
Dreaming is the profit of sleep dispensed
with, the atoms of attention fractured
and divided into tears of forgiveness
made wonders of rain.
Too soon a word blistered in salt
springs terror of refusal, cunning
contrived to dull the head now weak
at the sight of dogwood — beauty the sign
of a tree of feathers white as snow,
the flowering Judas poking at the door.
© 2014 Maureen E. Doallas
This poem is from a manuscript-in-progress, tentatively titled "The Found Poems of T.S. Eliot"; the individual words are all found in the text of Eliot's poem "Gerontion".