Crow Tuesday: Therapist Garden

I have a garden

full of baldheaded,

bifocaled therapists

with sofas, chairs

and shelves of esoteric books.

I water them once a day

with my problems and concerns,

fertilize them

with plenty of pain

and angst.

I make sure

they have sufficient sunlight

to jot down notes,

and plenty of space to say:

What would you

like to talk about?

And, that’s all the time

we have today.

I prune the issues

I worked through,

weed the therapists

who lose their


and compost

all my childhood


Poem: Walkers With Tennis Balls

Growing older

makes you accept



beyond your control.


Nursing homes,

microwave meals,

arthritic fingers,

feet soaked in salts,


with tennis balls.


It makes you adapt,


the lasting things,


the missing things.


Doctor visits,

rising co-pays,

bunions on both

feet, murmurs

of the heart,

on the john

way too long.


Growing older

humbles you,

makes you accept

your fate, head

and hands that shake.


Choose a date,

time and place,

pay the burial fee,

make peace with the


take a number

and wait

your turn.