Jeffrey Bowen – photo by Kim Yanoshik

twenty five 

once, when you were a little thing,
and excited to tell me
about some imagined future event,
you started by saying,

“when i’m as big as you, and you are little like me…”

and I was blown away to think
that in your child’s unblemished mind
you assumed
that this was simply
the way things worked.

now that many moons and stories have passed,
and we celebrate your milestone birthday
of five and twenty,

i understand that you are not
quite suddenly
a quarter of a century old,
but millenniums young

and rather than trading places,
we have expanded like stars,
to become,
in our heart of hearts,
the same age. 

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Jeffrey Bowen’s poetry has been published by ArtCrimes, Cicada, Cool Cleveland, Crisis Chronicles, CSU Poetry Center, Dimensions, Doan Brook Watershed, Excursions, Green Panda Press, Hessler Street Fair, Procrastination Press, Poet’s League of Greater Cleveland, The City, The Cleveland Reader, and Whiskey Island Magazine.  He is one of six poets profiled in the 1995 documentary, “Off the Page”.  Four of his poems are featured on Cleveland Tumbadors, an album of Traditional Afro Cuban Music and Latin Jazz on Fame City Records.  Jeffrey is the resident poet & conga player with the band, Cats On Holiday, and his poetry appears on their CD, Holiday in a Box from COHTONE Records.  In addition to his poetic work, Jeffrey’s writing has appeared in Call & Post, City News, Cool Cleveland, EcoWatch, Elephant Journal, Girl Scout News, GreenCityBlueLake, Live Cleveland, Neighborhood News, Nonprofit Notes, Sun News and various Habitat for Humanity publications.