Written by Samuel Jechie
senescence engulfs my journey –
my lamp’s dimming, my skin’s wrinkling;
moving’s more chore than fun.
my defence’s breaking
making geriatrics like my spouse.
i sometimes look helpless like a baby –
i stand and walk by a support;
i shed silent tears, bemoaning my state.
my prime gifted me memories dear:
reading Shakespeare; watching Charlie Chaplin;
fun partying. toiling for meat. and losses!
oh dear bitter sweet memoir!
i am now threescore, a decade and half;
my likes, between a score less or a decade more –
the number matters less but the state.
my only smile, negating the blue:
i see my children marry; watch their children play.
i sit thinking more than walk
i embrace solitude in my attendants’ presence
i anticipate rest. to sleep soundly. to see peace!