Old Men Walk Funny
Old men walk funny with shadows and time eating at their heels.
Pediatric walkers, bent over, prostate exams, then most die.
They grow poor, leave their grocery list at home,
and forget their social security checks, bank account numbers,
dwell on whether to wear dentures, uppers or lowers;
Did I put my underwear on?
They can’t remember where they put down their glasses,
did they drop them on memory lane U.S. Route 66?
Was it watermelon wine or drive-in movies where they forgot their virginity?
Hammered late evenings alone, bottled up Mogen David wine madness
mixed with diet 7-Up, all moving parts squeak and crack in unison.
At night, they scream in silent dreams no one hears,
flapping jaws in sexual exchange illusions with monarch butterfly wings.
Old men walk funny to the barbershop with gray hair, no hair;
sagging pants to physical therapy.
They pray for sunflowers above their graves,
a plot bears their name with a poem.
They purchase their burial plots: pennies in a jar for years,
beggar’s price for a deceased wife.
Proverb: in the end, everything that was long at one time is now cut short.
Ignore us old moonshiners, poets that walk funny,
They aren’t hurting anyone anymore.