I Was Young and Good, but Maybe Not All That Wise

A long time ago, I was in the prime of my game.
I knew good decisions, like caring for my parents …
and grandparents and single aunts;
I knew what was best for us all.

Keep your mother at home while she is dying.
Move your father in while he persists …
Move your grandmother to a nursing home, until …
Driver’s license “has to go”, for the safety of all.
Visits, appointments, meals must be arranged around work schedules.
Surprisingly, they … died.

Now I am aging. Have gone through
bouts where I wasn’t allowed to drive;
been hospitalized for my own good;
lived with my children just until …
I could get back on my feet again.

I have to ask,
what is next?
I’ve read the play, but
pray for a new ending.

May 12, 2009

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