I Never Saw it Coming

Time runs its ever-shrinking circle faster every day.
I've stood aside to watch it fly, aware that something's
Gravely wrong. I was a young man when I stopped.
Now, I am old. How many circuits has it run?
How could I have lost track of numbers? How could
I have let myself be pushed from scrums of youthful
Rascals, drunk, and bent on making trouble, toward
The deathly quiet, sterile, twilight-lit “engagement
Room” for us inside the nursing home? My heart
Has said it wants to kill me. All of my kids now
Are grown, and need a father like a tumor.
They have their own lives to lead, and they will
Have to come to terms, in time, with time's
Acceleration. I won't offer them advice. I'll
Tell them they should count the laps, and
Take care not to let themselves be dragooned
From their bars and friends into a nursing home.

Poetry by Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2017-06-06 at 01:54

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Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
sorry your words. But You are words.

Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
I call it the Kingdom of the Cheese. You're words never stop though. Keep writing. It matters so much!

Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
it has to be the most frightening day of one's life. It's the loss of freedom that I would fear, the right to make my own decisions. I wouldn't give in to it if I could fight it. I remember too well the day I "pulled the trigger" on my father's life when I told him just that. To this day I feel that's what I did. Though there are different types of "nursing homes" these days and some are just apartments where you get some help. Not so awful, but a terrible surprise in life. For the money you pay in those places, you can move to C. America and hire someone to help. Many are doing that and are enjoying a new life.

Helen Paquin
Last 2 lines, "a nursing home" OR an adult home!
They aren't like they used to be.

alarian The PoetBay support member heart!
i don't know what to say, i must be ignorant of that truth and that's maybe good for not being hurt