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July 15, 2024

Life Is -- Transition

By Michael Lee Johnson

Transition, is song, passages.
291.5 pounds, age 67, 6'4', gross as a pig waiting for
           butcher's cut.
Aging chews at my back, my knee joints, chisels, slivers
           in dampness.
Legs are corn stalks burning; twist fibers, bending, late
           October, Halloween night.
Good news, 67, lost 38.9 pounds this year, rocking gently
           shifting my pain away.
I am no longer a beagle pup, an English cocker spaniel
           chasing the bitches around,
no longer a champion bike rider, yo-yo champion, nor
           Hula Hooper dancer or swinger.
Now I expand my morning stiffness with stretch rubber
           bands, legs lifted high then down.
Wild mustard, wild black rice and the Mediterranean diet
           have taken over my youthful dining experiences.
I no longer have nightmares about senior discounts, or
           Meals on Wheels,
part-time bus driving jobs, or aerobics.
When spices are in season, I out live my postponements
           to my grave.
Screech owl, I am an old buck, baby hoot on a comeback,
           dancing my ass off.
Transition, shedding old loose snakeskin.
Still listening to those old hits, like Jesse Colter, Waylon Jennings,
           "Storms Never Last."
Transition is song passages.

Article © Michael Lee Johnson. All rights reserved.
Published on 2015-12-14
Image(s) © Sand Pilarski. All rights reserved.
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