Verse – A Short Walk in the Dark

I hear the purr from spouse
As I feel the urge to pee
The quilt I push aside
And pivot socks to floor

The Persian carpet edge
I feel and know is worn
As I pad unsteadily
Around the bed

My right hand holds
The maple top
Of bureau that long ago
Lost the marble slabs

I wobble but reach out
For the chrome handle
Of the closet door
And inch to reach

The bathroom door
Always open to the bars
That help the elderly
Stay upright until

The seat is reached
No more do I stand
To urinate but
Lower pull-ups

Ahh release
Pull old body up again
Repeat my steps
Return to bed

  • Steve Shoemaker, Urbana, IL, Jan. 1, 2016

6 thoughts on “Verse – A Short Walk in the Dark

  1. BTW, it’s Hitchcock day on BBC America. Right now “Rear Window” with Jimmy Stewart,1954. Kicked off the New Year this morning with “Psycho”. Between those pastimes & Steve’s poetry, it feels like a great new year dawning.


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