Thursday, April 26, 2007

Poem: Paneling and the end of the road

Today I got the call

home care phoned

about paneling her

mom is 90

aging is a relentless demon

stripping her naked

no dignity no privacy no independence

she knows what is happening to her

but then, thankfully, she forgets

We talked, home care and I

I suggested it


that mom be paneled

paneling is the review process

for moving her

from her retirement community

to a nursing home

to the end of the road

the road with the no exit sign

the road with the no exist sign

paneled—boarded—boarded up

Victor Schwartzman

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