Day 5 NaPoWriMo 2021

I.
The First Morning After

That first flight of stairs
trod on by 500 years of footfall,
stones worn, and sunken like
saddles, shaped to cradle each foot.

Her old house holds old memories.

She makes her way down the stairs,
care always, unsure of the uneven risers, 
and reaches the hallway where
his hat and coat always hung,

and then she remembers that
he was never coming home again.

II.
 
When Age  (written after “When Love” by Alicia Ostriker)
 
when age and grey hair become
intimate
as old friends
 
those agreeable, so understanding,
consoling old oats, 
and god they do gloat –
 
the loose and lost teeth, and
regularly
looking at marks and moles
 
that might slip you below
sandstone and soil,
grit and dark. I say,
 
when age and grey hair become
intimate,
then find you some new friends.
 
 
 

written for I.) PA’s AprilPAD Day 5: “The First ___” and II.) Day 5 NaPoWriMo “Replicate the shape of another poem” and III.) The Poeming Day 5: Dark Fire. The featured photograph is my own, first published on Unsplash. Shared with @Experimentsinfc #APoemADay on Twitter   © Misky 2021

3 responses to “Day 5 NaPoWriMo 2021”

  1. When age is just brilliant. Struck a chord with me immediately.

    Like

  2. I used “When Love” as well 🙂 Nice turn at the end.

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