the Reformatrory

Written by: jan oskar hansen

The Reformatory

Cottage needs a lick of paint
but the old man isnĀ“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.