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18 Mar

Poem For the Day: Mall Walking

Mall Walking

Tiny gray birds flit ceiling to floor

As old peeps shuffle along,

 Pushing contraptions

With squeaking joints,

Leaning forward as into the wind

Of the twilight of life, white hair

Soiled pallors, shiny sneakers

Adidas and Nikes, Air and not.

All hugging the walls of shops,

Edge of the Pale,

Shoes squeaking like manic  mice,

Space-age slaves in horse-buggy bodies,

Slogging their way,

Day after day,

Fueled by java and joe

Their progress

Steady, slow, definition of go.

Motion the goal

Of thin-blood, thick will.

Mantra in the air like birds

Use it or lose it, use it or lose it.

[Portage, 3-18-17]

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