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.