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Old Love


Old Love

The Love that’s tinged
by Eros
is easier to write,
to live and
to imagine:
the silken touch
of water—
cool caresses in a Lake—
a kiss that tastes
of wine
and sweat.
Subtle sounds of
breath, and
pounding pulses
and images that linger
in the darkness of
a new-moon night.

But as the days grow old
and we, along with them,
winter shadows
cannot overwhelm
enduring Love.
You probe the
memory of
a day gone by
and stroke
a shriveled hand.

Then Spring breaks through
in songs of mockingbirds.

– Victoria C. Slotto

© 2014, poem, Victoria C.Slotto, All rights reserved

2940013445222_p0_v1_s260x42034ff816cd604d91d26b52d7daf7e8417VICTORIA C. SLOTTO (Victoria C. Slotto, Author: Fiction, Poetry and Writing Prompts) ~ is an accomplished writer and poet. Winter is Past, published by Lucky Bat Books in 2012, is Victoria’s first novel. A second novel is in process. On Amazon and hot-off-the-press nonfiction is Beating the Odds: Support for Persons with Early Stage Dementia. Victoria’s ebooks (poetry and nonfiction) are free to Amazon Prime Members. Link HERE for Victoria’s Amazon page.

Editorial note: Congratulations, Victoria, on that the long awaited publication of print copies of Jacaranda Rain, Collected Poems, 2012, Beautifully done.

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RN, former hospice nurse, kidney transplant survivor, spiritual seeker, novelist, poet—Victoria C. Slotto is the author of two novels: "Winter is Past" and "The Sin of His Father", a collection of poetry: "Jacaranda Rain," and a Kindle Single: "Beating the Odds--Support for Persons with Early Stage Dementia, " all of which are available in e-book and print formats. Use the link on my blog or visit my website at to purchase. Thank you!

7 thoughts on “Old Love

  1. “Love that’s tinged by Eros is easier to write, to live and imagine…” there is a truth, but not the whole truth. Because age brings a new dimension to a deep and lasting love. Sensitively and lovingly written, Victoria.


  2. Wonderfully written, Victoria. We are celebrating our 50th this year and your words rang so true – especially “You probe a memory of a day gone by and stroke a shriveled hand. Then Spring breaks through in songs of Mockingbirds.” Yes, this is very true – every day.


  3. Thanks for the comments, all. John, the thing is…it’s easy enough for people like us who are “seasoned,” but for many…not so. Pat, enjoy your 5oth as it unfolds and congratulations.


  4. Thank you for this lovely poem, Victoria! Your poem reminds me of a reflection I had the other day on what I call our “Heart Wounds.”

    All of us as we age we experience various kinds of “heart wounds”–wounds of the body and the spirit– that show up as we age. One time my dear departed wife and I created a wonderful healing experience that transformed these wounds and let us celebratie our wholeness at the same time. Both of us have various scars associated with surgeries we had at various times in our lives, mine a large scar accociated with open heart surgery and hers associated a life-long fight with breast cancer that eventually took her life. Unfortunately, these scars have become associated with many experiences that were associated with a way life has limited and wounded us. One Saturday morning, traditionally associated with a life-long ritual of intimacy that became increasingly difficult to experienced when we made love, we created a new form of intimacy that transcended the scars and pain associated with our wounds and gave us a new way of experiencing our wholeness. As we lay in bed together, we toucned our scars and the wounds associated with them and with tears and profound gratitude we celebrated a form of wholeness that goes way beyond a growing sense of limit and brokeness. This gave us a new appreciation of the way life continually offers us new chances to define and experience ourselves anew .


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