Academic journal article Shofar

Mike Abrams at 95

Academic journal article Shofar

Mike Abrams at 95

Article excerpt

"It will never be satisfied, the mind, never"

(Wallace Stevens, "The Well Dressed Man With a Beard")

The wonder of it:

Natural Supernaturalism.

At ninety- five walking erect

if slowly, driving

his own car, drawing

hundreds to his lectures.

Totally in command

of self and subject,

grey-hair combed back as

it has been since I met

him forty years ago.

He embodies reality

of gracious aging,

smiling affably, listening

albeit with hearing aid

attentively but always with

standards of steel. Generous

to colleagues, vastly read,

disciplined, controlled,

keenly aware of how

his time is measured,

divided. Never showing

pain and strain of his beloved

wife's decade long

drift into Alzheimer

darkness. Never allowing

anyone to glimpse behind

masque of certainty or

lamp of inspiraton.

Speaking graciously, even humbly,

knowing Nortons and Glossary


that outdistance old age

will defy mortality, be

mirror of what he is. …

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