I have seen this shuffle
The diminution of muscle
Legs pared down to turkey bones
Knees too large for thighs.
I have seen this thinning
Of hair and wrist and hand
Pants that hang flat behind
Watches that slip and slide.
I have seen this shrinking
Of mind and matters
Dreams cut into bite-sized pieces
To avoid an awkward choking.
I have seen it all before
In Mom and Dad and Uncle Joe
And in others not as close to me
As brother, sister, wife, and child.
I have seen my future in my past
And know my shuffling days approach
Too certain and too soon
To let today be ruined by tomorrow.