We’re Getting Old

Sullivan Goss www.artfixdaily.com

Sullivan Goss  www.artfixdaily.com

We’re getting old
   the earth and I
Our skins cracking
   at all their joints
Our eyes watering
   at all the sadness
Our bowels running
   with indigestion

Where prairie grasses
   once rolled in waves
The scalp is blotched
   by noxious weeds
The chin scarred
   by unhealed cuts
Our ears overrun
   with bramble brush

Whenever we pause
   our breath wheezes
where breezes blew
   when we were young
Our stacks belching
   the foulest fumes
Where fireflies danced
   only a candle flickers

“What’s wrong with me? I’m old.
I’m getting old & I’m coming apart.” ~ Thurgood Marshall


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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5 Responses to We’re Getting Old

  1. alas…’tis true


  2. Yes…I don’t really get the whole concept of growing old gracefully. I don’t usually do things gracefully that I don’t want to do.
    Wonderful imagery and the comparisons to nature really work in this poem. :)


  3. kiwiskan says:

    How lucky we are to have the privilege of growing old – today I heard of more massacres in the world…

    Liked by 1 person

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