Donal Mahoney

Aging In Place - Poem by Donal Mahoney

It’s time to leave the man alone.
He’s getting old, his wife says.
He’s really slowing down.

He’s always been a man
occupied with one thing
or another.

No half way with him.
Now he finds harmless things
just to please the wife.

Three packs a day he smoked,
drank a pint every night, then
quit both for her.

Stopped chasing women too
when a widow nuts as him
called the wife.

All he does is weed
their garden beds and lawn
four seasons of the year

with the wife upstairs
at every window
keeping an eye on him.

Who else in winter shovels
piles of snow off garden beds
and lawns just to weed?

He’s getting old, she says.
He’s really slowing down.
It’s time to leave the man alone.

Topic(s) of this poem: marriage, old age

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 5, 2015

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