LONG LIFE

Nothing says elder like grab bars
installed in your shower and tub
to keep one from slipping
when soapy and dripping
and hitting the floor with a thud.

Nothing says senior like sneakers
worn with any and all sorts of dress
to keep one from wobbling
ungracefully hobbling
though safe, not designed to impress.

Nothing says ancient like groaning
every time one gets up or bends down
and the need for a prop
to help pull oneself up
lest you’re stuck all day long on the ground.

Nothing’s as lovely as living 
long enough for what’s listed above
letting go of the strife
and arranging your life 
with a focus on those whom you love.





 

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Cynthia M. Sheward

Cynthia Sheward has written poetry since she was a child. She was born in Massachusetts but spent her young life in New Jersey. She applied her English degree from Arcadia University teaching junior-senior high school in Vermont the 70’s. In the 80s, she and her husband built their own house with their own hands in the mountains of North Carolina. In the 90s, she returned to NJ where she worked for a Fortune 500 corporation until her retirement. Her work has been published in Friends Journal, Evening Street, the Bennington Banner, Fiber Arts Magazine, the Mountain Times and various other print media. She currently resides in Jupiter, Florida.

7 thoughts on “LONG LIFE”

  1. Oh, so true, Cindy, especially the last stanza! Take care.

    Love, Jill

    On Tue, Apr 20, 2021 at 5:45 AM A WELL-TRAVELED HEART wrote:

    > Cynthia M. Sheward posted: ” Nothing says elder like grab bars installed > in your shower and tub to keep one from slipping when soapy and dripping > and hitting the floor with a thud. Nothing says senior like sneakers worn > with any and all sorts of dress to keep one from wobbling ungr” >

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