Phantom Limbs & Shelf Life

with progress

things atrophy


comfortable ties

choke or amputate selves


DNA dilutes

Redundancy rules


often wonder at own emotions

and/or lack thereof


why feelings run lackluster

my need to emote, warmth muster


do feelings too have a shelf life

with longevity chalked out


absence no longer endears

fallacy, same old antics do pall


is it detachment or emotional turnoff

at life’s fag end, I cogitate, question


do relationships have a shelf life

with an inherent expiry date?


Old poem – same subject


Have been wondering about it of late

Do relationships have an expiry date?

Sight of some who gave a rush of joy

Same face same antics now do annoy

Some pandered to and cultivated contacts

Outlive their usefulness and only distract

Few relations that by loved ones are foisted

Over time do pall to be severed and discarded

Fake relationships make strange bedfellows

Quickly dissolving ignominiously as dodoes

Childhood crushes and some love bitten brushes

Over time reside in mind merely as fond memories

Neighborly relationships are formed dictated by need

Tested yet short lived with inbuilt chips to timely recede

Handful of friends and few resilient blood ties

Stay the course of bonds and persist over time

Thus I do maintain in life everything is rated

Comes with short span, stamped, expiry dated

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Practically all the relationships I know are based on a foundation of lies and mutually accepted delusion.- Kim Cattrall

Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational. – Hugh Mackay  Author , Athlete

A relationship, I think, is like a shark, you know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies  –    woody Allen


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