What the Old Want

My poem, What the Old Want, is up on the Bluebird Word. Fun one to write.

Not much—
and family
I suppose—
for short visits
involving meals
at restaurants
with tablecloths,
or something sumptuous
simmered for hours
over a low flame.

How about a week
without a visit
to a doctor
or a single
medical test.
or CAT scan,
or even
a tube of blood
with my name
in magic marker.

is in free fall.
Like riding
an elevator
held by a single
strand of steel
down from
the 93rd floor.
Bring kindness.

And, when all
else fails,
a recliner—
well worn
in all the right
A coffee
straight up
and the book
I loved best when
I was young.

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2 Responses to What the Old Want

  1. maryrohrerdann says:

    You are the muse of we older folks!

    Mary Rohrer-Dann
    Author, Taking the Long Way Home, Kelsay Books, 2021

    “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
    Mary Oliver — The Summer Day


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