Posted by: Ron DuBour | August 7, 2014

Daily missive for Thursday the 7th of August.~by Peter Forster


 

 

Daily missive for Thursday the 7th of August.

They were the young ones.
Fussed and preened over,
Entered into baby shows,
Photographed
Using box Brownies.
Black and white images
Of cheesy grins.
Knobbly knees
And bony shins.
Grandparents looking old
Before their time.
Wartime loss
Writ large across their faces.

Dressed just like their parents,
Sports jackets,
Grey flannel slacks,
A little too short,
Flapping around
Skinny ankles,
That learned to shuffle
All too soon
Into the easy chair.
Stuck in the corner,
Watching game shows
With the sound turned high.
As they waited to die.

They were the young ones.
Who danced all night,
Drank till they dropped,
Listened to Dylan
All night,
Waxed about
The meaning of things,
Played with life and
Dreamed.
With and without help.
Changed the world
In their own image,
And resented it.

They were the young ones.
Who sit in state,
Await their fate,
In retirement homes.
Paid for with
Insurance and property loans.
In too many ways
The sum of their days,
Much older then, than now.
Still thinking like children.
Remembering themselves,
Their world,
When they were young ones.


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