Marjorie DeBol DeFazio

Rookie (March 29,1933 / Detroit, Michigan)

Lost - Poem by Marjorie DeBol DeFazio

Her aged, aching body lies in pain.
Unable to do the wondrous things
She did through her seventies

She can't walk or sit up

We think we know about old age
Infirmities, impending death
Then you see a lost dear one
You have loved for forty years

She canoed great rivers of the world
At 72 she caught an inexperienced paddler
Flung back from the bow of the boat
Before the river could take her

She visited the turtles on Galapagos
Stepped into the world
Wrote about it
Photographed it

She grabbed life by the handful
Raised five sons
Marched and spoke about injustice
Withheld taxes to protest a war

Now she lies in bed unable to raise her head
Or remember breakfast

October 29, November 14,2007

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 1, 2008

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