Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I never planned

I never planned
on using grandfather's cane
its handle
suddenly resembling
the neck of a swan

—Ribbons, Autumn 2012

After retirement, my grandfather worked a small farm and was fit and spry until his 90s. I used that simple cane of his for a short while to steady myself on daily walks and outings to grocery stores after my back injury 13 or 14 months ago. 

By the way, I can't (yet? or maybe ever?) work out vigorously on the elliptical, lift weights, cut down large tree limbs, or yank out 20 ft strands of thorny vines—all things I took a certain amount of odd pleasure in doing—but I'm amazed at how relatively strong I am. And that's without any surgery.


5 comments:

  1. I love the way lines 4 & 5 suddenly transform the cane from a symbol of stiffness and disability into one of grace and beauty! Nicely done.

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  2. Thanks, Jenny, for this comment and the other one ("we miss you"). This little poem pretty much wrote itself. :)

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  3. Oh, there's more! I thought it ended! oops!

    I love the L5 in this one. very graceful and a wonderful contrast to the first four.... stace

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