Contemplation XI

What is it like to grow old?

Each day
must be wrestled
for its beauty,
for the dizziness
of a glass of wine
with someone
you love;
and when you sleep
lightly, turning
your body
side to side,
you must relax
and listen.
The coyotes
will ballyhoo
to the distant
sound of a train
and the million
passing moments.

Jeffrey Johannes, Port Edwards, is an artist and poet. He won the 2012 Hal Grutzmacher poetry award sponsored by Peninsula Pulse. He co-edited the 2012 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar and the Winter 2019 Bramble with his wife Joan.

View poems with similar themes

%d bloggers like this: