The Senior Luncheon
YouthGroup interviews WiseElder lunch crowd
(1) What do you recommend for improving our long-term health prospects?
Question met with quiet,
I'm eighty years old.
My goal is to continue gracefully accepting my future losses.
I'm not sure that helps you
with collapsing climate
(2) Why have you done so well so far?
Oh, you poor child!
This is your idea of success?
When I was younger
I thought about healthy vocational goals,
like dancing and singing--
Ways to cooperate BothFun-AndWork solutions
stretching my more typical
It sounds like you found a long-term approach
for growing cooperative health.
Since Trump was elected,
more of a daily promise
to not kill myself just yet
than a long-term strategy.
(3) Looking back,
What healthcare choices would you approach differently?
Maybe I would look more toward future goals
to cooperatively thrive
To grow less frightened by past unfortunate competitions
to survive indignities of old age losses
in these paternalistic States of DisUnity.
(4) Looking forward,
Why might you choose
and not choose
to plan for long-term health for yourself,
for your extended family,
and for Earth?
I would include most plants as part of my extended family.
Although there are some aggressive weeds
to which I prefer to claim no kinship,
Republican or Russian or otherwise.
(5) When should we begin long-term health planning
I've been waiting for eight decades.
Now, or even yesterday,
might already be too late,
even for my adult children.
(6) In what ways,
have you begun bringing your own adult childhood toward this great transition time?
Are you asking because you're young enough
to think you know the right answer?
Or because you're old enough
to be curious about depths
of early through late health development
for organic persons,
and wealthy planet?
I am, I hope, just young and old enough
to be curious about why
those who plan for long-term planet therapies
also seem most likely conscious
of past health goals
And others still cooperatively attainable.
Competitively missed goals...
Is that like old people without a shared nap-time map
of where we have been today?
Feeling lost about tomorrow's adventurous possibilities
for continuing healthy sanctuary choices,
even short-term dreams...
For me, long-term health planning is mostly about getting through today
and staying awake while you and your YouthGroup cohorts
pursue your own lifeline journey toward WiseElder retirement.
I might recommend more healthy cooperation
toward achieving interdependent community wealth
more than RightWing competitive monoculturing aspirations.
and for us, I hope,
long-term healthy climate goals
remain mostly about our extending family
on pilgrimage toward WiseElder Earth
as sacred Sanctuary
and secular communities
health care futures,
More than competitively courageous and loyal Win or Lose
against my, and our, inevitable degenerating future.
(7) What happened to,
with one foot in the grave already?
I reserve the right
to also focus on what's left
of the other,
more curiously cooperative, foot.
Copyright © Gerald Dillenbeck | Year Posted 2018
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