Body Parts - Poem by Stug Jordan
Older body parts are the accessories for littler lives:
Older arms are the slings to be carried in;
Older legs are the stilts to stalk the earth with;
Sometimes an older hip is a convenient seat;
Older knees are to be energetic on, with the help
Of older heels and older toes, found on older feet.
An older back is to be heavy on, and is used
Like a ferry to go where crouching is necessary;
Older ears are the handles with which to guide us there.
Older belly buttons exist to be explored in by
Little mining fingers, provoking old eruptions;
Older hairs are the grasses that get played in,
To grow and change colour in little sunshines;
Older hands are the rails to practice caution on;
Older hearts are clocks to count out curiosities.
An older body is something to grow into,
And that needfulness is the necessity of older lives.
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