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December 1, 2013

On Growing Old Together

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“Would It Be So Wrong

by Krista Lukas

to suggest that he move
next door? I don’t want him
gone altogether, neither can I stand
him underfoot. It might be ideal
to holler over the fence,
invite him to dinner.
We’d sit together on the patio, eat
asparagus from his garden,
grilled shrimp under the setting sun,
then kiss the grease from our lips,
maybe more. After,
he’d go home
and watch basketball at full volume,
while I soak in the tub listening to Coltrane.
Then, wearing pajamas, hair uncombed,
I’d curl up in my own living
room with Robert Frost or People
and the cat, the quiet,
the light of a single lamp.”

Surely that’s not too much to ask.



  1. I feel like this sometimes and I’m only 20.

    Comment by kaitlynm916 — December 1, 2013 @ 1:03 pm | Reply

  2. Thank you. I find that very comforting.

    Comment by kafkaworld — December 2, 2013 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

  3. Lovely and inspiring poem :-). Thank you. Growing older can be a positive experience, as pointed out by author, Johann Christoph Arnold, in his excellent book I just read called, Rich in Years. What I love about this read is that there are stories of real people who have overcome loneliness, dementia, disability and the fear of death that have inspired me to do the same. http://www.richinyears.com

    Comment by Betty — December 3, 2013 @ 6:43 pm | Reply

    • Very much so, Betty. I will be 70 later this month, but I feel 50! Having several grandchildren keeps me young. I would love to read Arnold’s book and will check this one out.

      Comment by GresselBoomer — December 4, 2013 @ 8:10 pm | Reply

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