I wanted to take down a curtain
but couldn’t get the ladder up the stairs.
It is such a nuisance being old,
so many things I did without a thought
I now need help with.
I crave more sleep and even then
when I get up again I ache.
So many people dying,
neighbours, close friends
and my younger brother.
It’s still a shock to realise they have gone
and it is lonelier.
But sometimes there comes a clarity,
a sense of calm and gratitude.
Life’s precious and while I’m still here
I have many things to do before I go,
as well as people whom I dearly love
of different ages, some not yet grown up.
Life will go on and there are
passing moments that hold it all
flashlit in an eternity,
a seeing that is utter happiness.