With apologies to Jenny Joseph
Now I am old, I can wear pink trousers and socks of luminous green
and shapeless, flowing ponchos of red or aquamarine.
When I am hungry, I can eat chip butties or marzipan candied pears,
or real iced cream and candy floss from sellers on the square.
If I do, sometimes, top up my wine, let nobody protest.
When eyes are heavy, lids can safely droop. . . and meet. . . and rest.
I let the dogs sleep on the bed, together in my nest.
The weeds in my garden grow until they blossom into flowers.
I've given away the treadmill now. I sit and read for hours
unless I’m solving puzzles, spending longer than I plan.
Or, lately, spinning tales and crafting rhymes, because I can.
I rearrange the syllables and listen to them play.
I move around the different sounds and while away my day
with puzzles made of words. (What’s wrong with purple, anyway?)
How do you plan to grow old?