……….. NOT SO
I may wander in and out between present/past
Cast backward glances at disabled instances,
Forgetful mind/failing heart,the daily pain…
The reduced flow of oxygen to the brain. Its simply
Nature’s part in her natural process- as with all
Things animal,vegetable, mineral, decay sets its way
With time and age. Oh! You can
‘rage rage against the dying light’
As welsh poet Dylan Thomas advised his father,
But as to exit from this life a ‘gentle good night’
Is another matter. My principal concern on medical
Pronouncement you need a new heart,this blunt harsh remark
Set an emotion that fits no acceptable description, the
Irreversible finality of such an infirmity lends a dark view
Through the window of eternity. I no longer understand
This inhuman world pretending ‘shocked’ at the new
Breed of men/women their use of outrage. This is not
A country for an old man looking down 82 years, nor is
It time for pleas and tears when sense appears to fail
And the body-architecture falls to new design, nor
Will I resign myself to self pity in this city of stone .It
Takes courage at this 82, and a special kind of poet to
Maul his rhyme for the sake of truth, and the once strong
Hands hang now as washed weeds where the joy and passion in the
Simple act of creating words as seeds and plant them in
My garden to arrive back as flowers in season after season..
My main concern is squaring myself with the gods……

jaffray Geddes


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