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the Reformatrory

The Reformatory

Cottage needs a lick of paint
but the old man isn´t bothered
let flakes of paint blow 
away layers by layers as 
calendar years. 
Let wind and rain strip cement off walls 
till the old stones appears
a skeleton ancient as the land. 
The old man has bought new shoes
but they do not give 
springs in his steps, and feet ask 
for the trust carpet slippers for
he will not go out in the rain 
get his face wet in youthful jubilation 
Old age has made his home 
into a maximum security prison;
there is no escape.  

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  1. Date: 3/11/2013 7:58:00 AM
    Dear Jan - I am so touched by this. I know a building by the beach which was once a residence for the blind and long ago boarded up. I never thought of it as an old man stripped of his purpose, his robustness. Sadder and sadder as I grow to be almost your age (gentle dig) Sneakered, I trip on carpets every day.

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    Date: 3/11/2013 11:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    but katy I´m only sixty but pretend to be older