The Balance Beam

The Balance Beam

A Poem by Einstein Noodle
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1920s Pine Balance Beam | Balance beam, Beams, Gymnastics
The Balance Beam

this night the Cheshire Cat moon is grinning 
low in my East horizon             the witching hour
beam spends its night waiting
never sleeping             silent it
keeps worn and time oiled skin 
warmed and waiting
like a Budhist Monk in meditation

how easy it use to be     lithe body     bold will
climbing aboard

i am old .... how am I expected
to mount once more the 4 inches 
like a cliche'

i use to stand stork like all day
without a tremor            
walking was a fresh breeze of spring
leaping splits, saltos and hand springs
all the apparatus working and silky

but this morning finds me       creaking
              cracking 
once more the limits of a falling body
....... i climb on board    do my job though
 
inside 
          
all the wobbling incapability 
has a mask and stink of fear
but

all goes quiet .. 
the glass pond ... 
the loon's cry
the lotus 
like the Monk

I would think I were dead 

if not for my own 

Cheshire

Cat 

grin.

10/16/2020
E. 


 

© 2020 Einstein Noodle


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Wow an amazing way to tell of the changes as physical deterioration creeps into once well oiled bones. This has such a visual impact as you take the beam as your focus and your flow and word choice gives this an inevitable determined sadness. Bravo from one working out to try to stave off the knackers yard!

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Einstein Noodle

1 Week Ago

ahahaha yes .."stave of the knackers yard" for sure .. ahahahha i am larfing loud over that right no.. read more



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Yes old age the final frontier to go where no old age has been before and how the aches linger! Nicely written Gene.

Posted 1 Day Ago


andrew mitchell

4 Hours Ago

I was never good at gymnastics in fear of hurting my family jewels and the associated pain that come.. read more
Einstein Noodle

1 Minute Ago

ahahahaha ...pink skirts of course :))))) yes .. i wouldn't get up on one for any amount of glory .... read more
Something tells me you got the cream and the cheese too! The spirit within is the key, my dear E! As long as it burns bright there's nothing you cannot fight. Age is just a number then!

Posted 3 Days Ago


Einstein Noodle

1 Day Ago

i love you response to this Kitty Kat! i agree 100% .. and as a matter of fact ... the cream and che.. read more
Dhara_Ditzy Kat

19 Hours Ago

Ah the joys of life!
You're welcome dear E!
Einstein Noodle

5 Minutes Ago

:) ....................
In the past have often arrogantly said, Age is a number.. but dear goodness as time passes, tht becomes a load of rot. The body had its day a few years ago, thought i could cope but now the brain's got a mind of its own and we often argue! Your writing inevitably touches on the humourous and does so here, but the tongue in cheek suggests invitations to those that perhaps alreadt know the Truth. So, will re.read and learn, learn and re.read then.. find the nearest face.cream and monkey hormones that don't cost the earth. Have to add, cos i do like to blather.. that if deterioration is as illuminating as your words, who cares about aging.. Academic funtime and more than likely ageless. x

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Einstein Noodle

1 Day Ago

ahahaha yes Emma .. who cares indeed .. its a fine thing to fight for all we have for as long as it .. read more
life surely is a
balancing act
and time is fleeting
seems we try to
refine it into making
some sort of sense
if only mind and youth
could blend huh?

but by the time we figure
it out in our minds our
youth is gone and our
bodies have fallen.
Cest'la vie

wonderfully penned
and expressed

Posted 3 Days Ago


Einstein Noodle

3 Days Ago

ahahaha oui! Cest'la vie! ..but don't forget our inner child, :))))))))))))))))))))) feed and keep i.. read more
  Fran Marie

3 Days Ago

you're welcome
friend..keep well;
I don't know how you got in my head E, but couldyou make sure to lock the door when you leave 😀
Similar thoughts have been on my mind in the last few days. I'm usually wide awake by 3am but have had to shift pattern lately and miss gazing out at the moon and stats at silly O'clock from kitchen window. I so laughed at your cheshire cat smile, as it made me realise I must look crazy to anyone wandering by, looking upwards smiling like a loon.
It does have such a pull on us, having that moonbeam planet so near and yet so far.
I just smile and think "Well, it keeps me off the streets and keeps me sane(r) than if I slept through it all.
Other medical opinions may be available on request though 😀

Posted 4 Days Ago


Einstein Noodle

3 Days Ago

well Doc ... i do have this pain in the arse whenever my neighbor goes by ... can you help with that.. read more
This is an amazing depiction of getting old. It is sweet and yet humorous! I love it so much! Thank you for sharing and have a day as splendid as yourself! ❤️

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Einstein Noodle

4 Days Ago

thank you Rose ... you have me blushing and touched me ol' heart ... such a gracious comment .. so h.. read more
At least you can be a gymnast of the mind(hence your name Einstein of the South) and not the body and this poem shows how agile and great thinker you are. The poem was realistic and touching for we are all headed that way, waiting for our appointed day, but with hope of the afterlife. We do cherish those active stages of life that we lost. We do contemplate the lessons learned. You are imparting that to us as we speak sir.

Posted 6 Days Ago


Einstein Noodle

4 Days Ago

thanks for reviewing Sami ... yep .. we are all headed in that direction aren't we ... the thing is .. read more
Sami Khalil

4 Days Ago

Hehehe. So true and well said. You are welcome sir.


these words were simply aching to be recognised and writ ... they have been aching for a while now, but shy .. it used to be that way for me too Gene ..

strong of arm and lithe of limb and with a sense of balance not just in the physical sense, but all ways ... and of course, as a registered kongo zen Buddhist monk myself, I know about such things .. No kiddin, dont it help tho' just a little to know you aint alone ...

Down ya neck buddy you just cracked the age thing here :))))



Posted 6 Days Ago


Einstein Noodle

4 Days Ago

yes it does sir ... and you ... a registered kongo zen Buddhist monk yer self .. i am humbled beyond.. read more
Neville

4 Days Ago


and I in turn am always happy to visit my friend .. down ya neck squire :)))))
This goes way beyond just musing about age and it is a cornocopia of beautiful lines that look as if they have existed as long as the component parts of the wooden beam.

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Einstein Noodle

6 Days Ago

you've made me day sir! thank you so much for taking time on my pages .. and all your helpful and en.. read more
Second time round Mr E, my last response got lost in the ether. That beam, represents youth to me and the peak of strength and fitness. I have long admired the efforts of gymnasts to perfect balance on such a narrow bar. And then I ponder on the passing years and reflect on how our bodies take a battering. Creaking bones and sore muscles all come with advancing years. So sad that as our knowledge and understanding of life increases, our physical health can fly out the window. Still, we have no say in the matter and have to learn to live with it and adjust. That Mr E is where you wonderful pen took me on a bright Saturday morning besides the ocean.

Chris

Posted 1 Week Ago


Einstein Noodle

1 Week Ago

ahhhhhhhhhhh i hear the surf and taste the salt breeze .. so thank you sister :) yeah .. we get old .. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

1 Week Ago

The ocean is wonderful, will be returning home tomorrow. Gymnasts have incredible discipline. They d.. read more
Einstein Noodle

6 Days Ago

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