Elder Care

Tissue paper thin

there is no dignity in this




arms that once bulged,

then stretched

corded steel


woven gristle

wrapped taut


too thin


he has become easily bruised

sandpaper hands

once proof of honesty

slough into trembling gossamer


He expected his knees,

even the hips.

The hands though




fumbled thirty pieces of eight,

naked treachery


a show of force

mocking the effort




they would not be,

tiny dancers

each to their own song

each lying to the music

hoping to fool the band


false prophets

jitterbugged crazily

remembered the dance


courted agreed finally to tie the knot


The chair struck the white carpet

its perfection marred only by the pendulous shadow

all ten judas

finally silent

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