WORN AWAY EDGES
Etched across the old mans face
conclusions of a lifetime -
memories with worn away edges hover in secret bends and folds.
Awkwardly he stands - an old tree
weathered by lightening strikes and long droughts -
scars tattooed across body and mind -
permanent reminders of those significant moments in his history
Heavy sighs reveal the weight and measure of years lived
and ever slowing footsteps, no longer expected to keep pace with others
have taken up a new seductive dance - entwining aching joints in dizzying maneuvers
Hands washed clean of yesterdays living are permanently shaking as he
casts stones deliberately one by one into still water -
mesmerized by ripples of cause and effect stretching across his lifetime.