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.
2017-06-11


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!
2017-06-11


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.
Ashe
2017-06-06


Helen Paquin
Last 2 lines, "a nursing home" OR an adult home!
They aren't like they used to be.
2017-06-06


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
2017-06-06