The Best Way To Get Old

 

Who’s to say why people
Do the things they do?
Say the things they say?
Feel the things they feel?

Who’s to say
What’s the best way
To get old?

I’ve lost exuberance
But I’ve gained perspective
I’ve lost stamina
But I’ve gained perseverance
I’ve lost strength
But I’ve gained fearlessness

I’ve lost years
But I’ve gained precious days
I lost anger and I gained hope
Then I lost hope and gained anger again

I lost a step
But I found my stride
I lost my innocence
And found new types of guilt
I lost my mind
And can’t imagine what’s left to find

Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine, among others. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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