Rust


rust woman 

Oxidation reactions occur when the combustion of oxygen that keeps us alive and well produces byproducts called oxygen free radicals. When this process occurs in metals, we call it rusting. When it happens in us, we call it aging.

“The process of life may be seen as one in which we start out 99 percent water and end up virtually solid.  It may be seen as a process of drying up, or drying out, or being hung up to dry.  The Bible says dust to dust, but physiologically our process is water to dust.  We each begin as a single cell, the fertilized egg that is almost entirely fluid.  By the time we are adults, our bodies have become more than one-third solid. When we die, all our bodily fluids evaporate and our bodies dessicate.”  — Joseph Heller

Testosterone, estrogen and progesterone – get on your knees, put your hands together for the hormonal trinity (applause). Collagen –  enriched, viscous, humectant – stimulates cellular proliferation. Draw moisture and nutrients from the air, mix nightly with elastin, wait for results. As time goes by, you will become younger, firmer, more bouncy and juicier than when you were 23.

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Bacteria, pollutants, radicals everywhere, sneaking up behind you – bam, you’re old. Old is 40; no – 50; no – 60; no – 70; no – 80. No . . . old is always five years older than you and me. Isn’t it?

Feel the future. Soft, thin skin, blue veins, lines coursing out like rivers, memory map, recorded history. What is it? Dry like dust, soft like powder, temporary like time, permanent like everything. Having become smooth – an aged mountain with worn edges, a quiet fading from red to purple to dusty stone, catching light in old hands as it falls.

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2 Responses to “Rust”


  1. 1 truce December 4, 2006 at 7:53 am

    I rather like the idea that we’re all rusting.

    I am determined to age interestingly like all those beautiful photos of abandoned objects in Flickr’s ‘urban decay’ and ‘rural decay’ pools. Bits of me will sag and fall off, other parts will peel or fuse together, I’ll get brittle and flaky and crooked.

    But not for at least 5 years…

  2. 2 Teresa December 4, 2006 at 11:04 pm

    All that blather about collagen and elastin is taken directly from product ads for “anti-aging” goo. Argh. Give me a few honest wrinkles and lumps, I say.


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