There are millions of people like this, fading away
|The Old Castaway|
Her old hands are idle, hardly able to move,
She's just barely breathing; her heart is so grieved.
Her heavily lined face that tries to remember,
the wonderful things her hands magically weaved.
Caressed a sick brow with warm loving touches.
Sewed dresses, washed faces, and braided long hair
Planted apple trees and carrots and sunflowers tall.
Brought food to her neighbors, so thoughtful to share
Closed all of the windows in lively wet storms.
Planted gardens to grow her large family's food.
She twirled the little ones and danced joyful dances.
Picked books by the armload, learn lessons pursued.
She has no connections to those who were dear.
Her life, as she knew it, is simply just gone.
Her hands sit uselessly, unable to cling.
She no longer dreams of a new better dawn.
You see the light going out of cataract eyes.
Her days end no different, blurring into grey.
No more visits, no more hopes, everything is gone.
She has no more purpose, just an old castaway.
L C 20