by Tom Hooten


Eye to eye
see yourself flipped
camera obscura
fleeting forgettable reflections
your life’s entropic unfolding
on my looking-glass retina


Whispers in air are better
vibrating my inner drum
softly sounding your depths
creating an enduring ageless you
in my mind

TOM HOOTEN received his Master’s Degree in Physiological Psychology from Auburn University, was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force (retired), and had a second career as a Human Resources Director. He has published two scientific research papers (co-authored), a science fiction novel, Hollytime, an essay, "The Physics of Fidget Energy," and several poems. He is in sunny Florida working on Alicetime, the sequel to Hollytime.


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