Time passing by
Like a train on a track
Speeding along
No time to look back.

The sights and the sounds
Blurred in the distance
One blink and they’re gone
Gone in an instant.

The conductor calls out
“ALL ABOARD, here we go
Please take your seats
Stash your luggage below”.

Some wait at the station
They never leave
Content with their lives
Or so one believes.

Others amazed
Intrigued and allured
They long for adventure
Signing up for the tour.

So many faces
So many sounds
So much to do
In each city and town.

Don’t wait to be asked
It might be too late
So much to explore
Control your own fate.

So much to see
Take in the view
Make the most of your life
It’s all up to you.

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Spare me your pity
Don’t try and help me
Don’t need your attention
Please go, let me be.

Don’t walk beside me
Don’t stand in my way
There’s no explanations
There’s nothing to say.

Don’t wait in the shadows
Just leave me alone
Don’t need your advice
I know my way home.

No need to converse
No words left to say
No chance to recover
The loss felt today.

The quiet, the silence
The cold heartless pain
The surge of regret
Coursing though my veins.

The loss and the suffering
Will never change
There’s no one to look to
There’s no one to blame.


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We wait, quietly together
As the hours pass us by
I can’t turn back the hands of time
I grieve, try not to cry.

Slowly, you walk across the room
I pray that you won’t fall
You… once so fierce, and oh so strong
The bravest of them all.

Now weak, can’t hold your head up
One step, one at a time
Hard to move, harder to speak
The words so hard to find.

No appetite for breakfast
No juice, coffee or tea
The end is near and we both know
You’ll soon be leaving me.

You sit in your recliner
Your face so drawn and pale
Each breath so hard to take in
You look so thin, so frail.

So hard to watch you struggle
So little I can do
I bend down to kiss your cheek
I whisper, “I love you.”.


Seashells and pinwheels
Treasures to find
Games and surprises
Jump rope with clotheslines.

Popsicles, gumdrops
Wax candy and s’mores
Go carts and treehouses
Trips down to the shore.

Where did the time go?
Time passes us by
We watch it, like rainfall
Fall down from the sky.

Can’t go back in time
We can’t change the past
Make the most of today
Make memories last.


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A cherished treasure to behold
My fortress, my domain
A cabin set back in the woods
My property to claim.

The seasons come and they go
Their beauty warms my heart
The animals that live here, too
Though close, we live apart.

I watch through the open window
As the chipmunks scamper around
The deer come by…. the bears will, too
They rarely make a sound.

The hush of snow, the falling rain
Up on the old tin roof
The warmth of love…. felt within
My life, my one sure truth.

My paradise, a small abode
Down the old dirt road
Makes me feel so fortunate
It purifies my soul.


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The ER so frightening
The needles … the probes
The questions… the tests
From your head to your toes. 

The scans and the fear
Your fate in their hands
The unanswered questions
You don’t understand.

Once they admit you
Your dignity’s gone
They come and they go
They’re there before dawn. 

When they send you home
You’re all on your own
No one to assist you
You feel so alone. 

You may feel forgotten
It’s all up to you
The new medications
The pinks and the blues. 

Confused and unsettled
There’s so many pills
No explanations
More scripts to be filled.

A ride to the drug store
You wait, next in line
You feel weak and shaky
You don’t have much time.

They don’t understand
What it’s like to be old
Dependent, confused
Exhausted and cold.

Please take me home
I need to lie down
I won’t make a fuss
I won’t make a sound.

Call me in the morning
Please check up on me
Stop over for coffee
Or a cup of hot tea.

Don’t be in a hurry
Please stay with me
As I struggle to stand
To talk or to breathe.

For your day will come
Hope someone is kind
Hope they will help
Hope they’ll find the time.



Fleeting at best
Though thoughts of you linger
Hard to recall
So hard to remember.

A song or a phrase
Your smile and that look
The coffee, the tea
And, your favorite book.

The years come and gone
The chances now lost
No love without risk
There’s always a cost.

Dignity, pride
The cards on the table
The dye had been cast
The lies, the betrayal.

The great divide
A penthouse, a garden
A drive to the country
No last chance, or pardon.

Fixed, set and due
A short lived romance
Shattered and broken
No hope, not a chance.


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