#2,635 I am aulder than my father

Mike Bell/ March 11, 2023/ www.mikebellpoems.com

I am aulder than my father
ever was [for good] – for all
my rest-of years [until that
time when counting halts]
& I regard all he never saw
here now – What would’ve
been his not-said remarks
‘bout smart phones & acts
of too-smug influencers? –
A loose tooth grin – ‘is too-
occasional unfix of guard –
set across his gaunt face &
years of slog & nightshifts –
four kids – one debt – only
three channels – a wife & a
reduced life to being quiet
[with his loaded shotguns]


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