Saturday, February 22, 2014

I'm beginning to realize, after an eye appointment

...you get old and your eyes start to go.  
I tell my brother,  "We can eat more carrots."
He replies,  "What did it do for the rabbit on Captain Kangaroo?   Don't you remember his big round glasses?"  

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

okay...

Stay real. 

In the past, folks  went to the circus.  Now the world  has become one.

But I guess a person doesn't need to get so griped up about it-
But to stay real. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Then

Then
There will  come a day...
there will  come a poem...

Retired?

Retired?
It's a winter with nothing but cold.
The electricity has been shut off.
First time in forty years.
The shop building will come down.
Dad, who is 84 keeps
his arthritic hands close to his chest
to keep them warm.
(Hands embedded with axle grease.)
At his home, the phone rings-
A friend,  a neighbor,  a farmer who asks
"Leland, will you overhaul my tractor?
Soon it will be spring and
I'll need to get back into the fields."




Friends you hear from at Christmas or afterwards

Don't you hate it when long ago,  far away friends email you when  your annual Christmas greeting card doesn't show. You want to...