I used to tie a string around my finger
Which functioned as an ever-faithful clue,
So, when I woke and saw it in the morning,
I knew exactly what I had to do.
Older now, when I wake in the morning
And see a string, I’m driven to despair;
Curious why that string is on my finger,
Furious at who might have tied it there.
TIME FOR A CHANGE
While leafing through my copy of Roget’s Thesaurus,
I found several expressions that, in fact do nothing for us.
They stand out wherever words like “old” and “aging” are defined.
I would have them all deleted, if the editors don’t mind.
For example, these three phrases will all articulate that I’m
“Old as Methuselah”, “old as the hills” and also “past my prime”,
And, furthermore, here’s “ripe old age” and there’s “long in the tooth”,
I’m sick and tired of the lot and that’s the living truth.
Though editors in general are good people, I suspect,
They don’t know the definition or “politically correct”,
If they did, they’d realise those old expressions should be lifted
For that one phrase that says it all… “Geriatrically–Gifted”.
When we hurt each other
We should write it down in the sand,
So the winds of forgiveness can make it go away for good.
When we help each other
We should chisel it in stone,
Lest we ever forget the love of a friend.
Christian H. Godefroy