The Jig is up

Look I am rusty

I am tarnished

I am bent all out of shape

get this

I am scarred, knees skinned,

and fingers calloused

didn’t you know you

can’t teach an old folk singer

new licks

I am a bad dog who

has fallen for his own

“good boy” tricks,

and when I get

out of bed I

bump my head

and roll over

like Beethoven

who couldn’t even

hear his own early morning

bird-chirp symphony


Ivan Jenson, USA

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