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One Wonderful Day to be Old - March 20, 2022

I never pick up the newspapers

barefooted with my robe on

this late in the morning

so today when I slow step

the cool driveway to grab them

it felt great to be unhurried

so good

to not chase time


to have it watch me

from the front door


for it to seem naggingly old

and me young and lazy

amazing that it might go

and bother someone else

and leave me to hoard the happiness

of the uncommitted hours

spread before me

like that twenty-dollar bill

I pull out crumpled

from the robe’s pocket

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