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When You’re Old (IV), by Robert L. Penick

Black and white photo of a burnt candlestick
The Lost Light, by Chinmoy Sardar

This world has outgrown us

outpaced and outlasted us

left us in the rear view mirror

waved goodbye with a middle finger

advised us our minutes

will not roll over into

the new data plan and all

previous agreements

have been voided.

This world wants to wish us

the very best in those

pursuits we may find,

what bridges we still

might cross, whatever

hole that offers refuge.

This world thanks us for

participating in

so many revolutions.


The poetry and prose of Robert L. Penick have appeared in over 100 different literary journals, including The Hudson Review, North American Review, and Plainsongs. This is his second appearance in 805. More of his work can be found at


Chinmoy Sardar was born in 2000 in the corner of Bangladesh adjacent to Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world. He found the opportunity to take joy in the lofty treetops that form an unbroken canopy, works of high and ebb tide marked on the soil, and the many varieties of the natural mangrove forest in his early childhood. Now he uses photography to express himself, to express his interpretation of the world around him. His choice of subject comes from intuition and is fuelled by an impetuous desire to partake in the stories that unfold around him.

He is currently studying Civil Engineering at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology to pursue his dream to design a world well balanced with nature. He always loves to introduce himself as a natural conservationist and human rights activist. Preserving mother nature from all odds and making a world with equal rights is the motto of his life.


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