Old Age, A Privilege?
by Ute Carson
Verbal Art, Summer 2022, Vol. 5, Issue 2

Many yearn to reach fourscore
but not all are granted the privilege.
Others, burdened by the will of fate,
would rather shake the yoke of years.
Yet, some are destined to be
the good Samaritans of age,
reaching out, helping, consoling.
There is another beneficial calling,
wherein the old become storytellers.
They morph into magicians
who keep the past alive.
With the miraculous wand of memory
they conjure bygone experiences
and –abracadabra!-- former events return
as stories clad in multicolored dream-cloaks.

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