Think at last
We have not reached conclusion, when I
Stiffen in a rented house
TS Eliot, “Gerontion”
When I was young, I courted decadence:
a braless lover in her diaphanous blouse,
my amygdala aglow like phosphoresce,
my rented garret drafty in that crumbling Victorian house.
However, in middle age, decadence became passé,
radiators were ditched for central heat,
Man Ray lost out to Andrew Wyeth, and Sunday buffets
replaced sleeping the Sabbath away until three.
Now I am old, our children grown,
and though retirement offers a chance to pivot,
I must admit my wild seeds have been sown
as I stiffly stoop and replace my divot.