Poemdog

Dogs 2018

MY ELDERS
(3/18/18)

I am
surrounded
in my neighborhood
by young couples

in their
20s

their
30s

all much
younger
than I

yet
they have
families

higher
salaries

higher
social status

a multitude
of activities

they seem
to handle
the added responsibilities
so easily

so comfortably

creatures
in the their
element

while
I struggle
mightily
each day

supporting
only myself
with a simple
job

feeling
harried

harassed

a failure
in a civilized
existence

I was not
meant
for these worldly
travails

more a
monk
for the middle
ages

my neighbors
wave

say hello

probably
wondering
what is wrong
with the old
guy

I don't
have an answer
for them

for myself

an ancient
child
alone