Pro Tem is the Bilingual Newspaper of Glendon College. Founded in 1962, it is York University’s oldest student-run publication, and Ontario’s first bilingual newspaper. All content is produced and edited by students, for students.

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Pro Tem est le journal bilingue du Collège Glendon. Ayant été fondé en 1962, nous sommes la publication la plus ancienne de l’Université York ainsi que le premier journal bilingue en Ontario. Tout le contenu est produit et édité par les étudiants, pour les étudiants.

Contrast

Contrast

Fresh, bouncy baby cheeks

Like just-ripe peaches.

On the other hand,

Skeletal, withered hands and

A dewlap like a turtle's neck.

Fragile, mottled skin like aged paper has

Veins popping out—a blue-green spider's web.

Back to the newborn:

Hands gripping whatever touches the tiny palm,

A flash of gums

As gregarious peals of laughter

Chime like a trumpet's sound.

Wiggledy-piggledy, minute limbs and feet move,

Alternating their reach in all directions.

Eyes, wet with recently shed tears

Are bright and new like sea glass.


Faded denim eyes peer from deep sockets

Suggesting that weariness comes with experience.

Ginger, trembling movements signal to the observer

A peculiar hardiness, like tulip bulbs or potatoes in Winter.

Senescence at its finest:

Shuffling steps,

A comically oversized nose and ears

Give an elf—or gremlin—like appearance.

Pearl white hairs grow

Above a lined brow,

Giving the elderly's face

The look of folded taffy

With a translucent epidermis.

A baby is an India rubber ball—  

An elder is a wire doll.

Heavy-lidded eyes and deliberate movement

Like the careful movements of a heron on rocks

Contrast with the impulsive, elastic lookabout

Body of the toddler.

The patter of little feet on solid ground,

Running devolving into a playful crawl—

Baby all aquiver with excitement.

Grandfather picks up baby.

Resplendent collagen-filled face

Against hollow, pouchy, saggy cheeks,

Knobby knuckles and wiry hair.

The end and the beginning,

Together as one.


Mes frères, où êtes-vous allés ?

Mes frères, où êtes-vous allés ?

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