On Turning Fifty
He listens to The Beatles in the midst
of a generation which doesn't know Lennon
or the Bee Gees.
His youthful neighbors always tell him to keep
up to date with current music,
but he can only grow older, not younger.
Sometimes he stands outside the balcony,
gazing at a city that has become more populated,
and more detached -
a glass of scotch is a perfect company
when he feels alone.
A birthday cake written "HAPPY 50 YEARS,"
and a packet of liquor chocolates
wait for him on a round glass table;
he tries to remember when was the last time
he could tell his soul that he was really happy.....
Copyright © Teddy Kimathi | Year Posted 2017