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Still in the Game–Three Shorts


RT has bursitis in his left hip. It’s an occupational hazard for those over 50, and he is treating it with ice and exercise. Unfortunately, he hasn’t found a chair that doesn’t contribute to the problem, but the long-delayed trip to Lowe’s should take care of things.

And in the meantime, he is beginning to work on a new collection of poetry, Naming the Spirit. RT had thought that this would be a relatively straightforward affair, but realities such as grief and a larger and more diverse collection of written materials than he had realized are complicating matters. And maybe they should. Additional materials may be forthcoming, if only to balance out the book’s rather somber tone. Grief after all is a kind of healing.

Here are a trio of short poems, the first two fairly old, and brighter in tone than not.


Three Shorts


Should I take a shower?

Dirt under my fingernails,

and I feel alive.



ratty hair—

not many places allow

a man to be beautiful



shoe laces undone.

deep mud—slipping, left leg splayed…

undamaged at 56.


Illustration: Shoelace Knot; AnonMoos. WikiCmns; Public Domain.



  1. aubrey
    August 9, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Hmmm…my sciatica flared up on 8/7. Burning pain taking a ride from the lower back to the lateral thigh and then ending at the hamstring before working its way up again. I’m looking forward to a dose of Alleve as much as I would to my next meal.

  2. August 9, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    aubrey: life on the far side of 50 is not for the faint of heart (that is, if you count yourself among us seasoned veterans)…on the lighter side, i recently received a postcard from the Dragons of Grammar (smeared with chocolate) expressing their condolences. i have a feeling that one of their sillier visits is in the works.

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