Dogs 2013

THE PROBLEM OF GRANDMA
(2/23/13)


she
sits there

blind

smiling

99 years old

as we talk
and carry on
with our busy
important
lives

she
wonders
out loud
why
she is still
there

we look
at her
not knowing
what to
say

all
of her friends

her two
husbands

have passed
long
before her

"the
Good Lord
won't take me
and the Devil
doesn't
want me"

she is
fond
of saying

she
is a two time
cancer survivor
and is still
relatively
healthy
although she
forgets
what's going on
about her

"and who
are you?"

she asks
her son
for the third
time
in 30 minutes

we explain
again
who we
all are
and why
we are there

"birthday?

how old
am I?"

we tell
her
for at least
the twelfth time
in two
days

"99?

that can't
be right

I'm old
but not that
old

I was born
in 1914"

we repeat
that it's 2013
and the math
is certainly
correct

"oh my"

she says

"I had
no idea"

she's
in a really
wonderful
old folks
home

wants
for nothing
except the ability
to go home
and to
die

we begin
talking again
and she gazes
blankly
off
into the distance

"it's
really wonderful
to have people
here

and who
are you all
again?"