Elder Care

Tissue paper thin

there is no dignity in this

 

reducing

 

arms that once bulged,

then stretched

corded steel

flashing

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

 

capricious

 

fumbled thirty pieces of eight,

naked treachery

unquieted

a show of force

mocking the effort

 

still

 

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

bowed,

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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