Tag Archives: the elderly

THAT SUDDEN FEAR

THAT SUDDEN FEAR

When driving the highway, dear,

I’m gripped with that sudden fear…

Ambulance flying

For whom is it crying,

It brings out a hanging tear.

If it is from my town

I’m tempted to turn around…

“Nine-one-one” call-ins

After a falling,

Are normal for the apartment-bound.

Our apartments have seen them a lot,

Our complex surely has got…

It’s elderly

And disabled gentry

Who often get into a spot.

My wife has been known to fall,

Sometimes barely stand at all…

I worry for her

And at times would prefer

Someone there to help with it all.

–Jonathan Caswell

TWO EMPTY CHAIRS

TWO EMPTY CHAIRS

Two empty chairs at the window,

Waiting for someone to sit…

Someone who’ll watch for hours

Keeping watch over all of it.

One has for months been in rehab,

Another man has moved…

His “replacement” fell and broke something

Where a change of address was behooved.

Nobody here has the time

To sit down and just watch…

We miss our friends who were living

Here, wishing one or two could come back to catch–

Mists in the morning quietness

And people going to and fro…

None of us left are quiet enough

To sit down and let go.

–Jonathan Caswell