Stumbling Toward Infancy

15 Jan

It always takes me awhile

to get used to a new decade of years.

At 40, I am older than 42.

At 21 I am ancient, until I am 22.


The slow opening stretch

settling in, understanding, accepting

my place in the stage dance of age

leaves me momentarily agape

desperate to scratch back the days.


Has nothing to do with any reality,

just a moment of sweet relief after long bitter

dread of the unarmed march to new infancy.





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