BIRTHDAY BLUES VS.BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS
I’m an octogenarian of 85.
My antiquity astonishes me.
I’ve got three types of cancer.
I don’t see, hear, or walk well.
I’m a medical dumpster fire,
a near senile, geriatric elder,
doddering, decrepit, obsolete,
out-of-date, far past my prime.
Still I embrace my life’s remnants.
Never has time been more valued,
nature’s splendor more precious,
loved ones more deeply cherished.
I now take life day by day,
savoring each dawn as a gift.
Living is intensely relished.
I intend to try lingering longer.
Felix Gagliano, May 2023