Smiling his crooked smile
he wheels slowly ‘round the corner …
greeting everyone he passes.
Some days wearing soft flannel shirt,
others dapper in tweed hat and jacket--
blue eyes sparkling, round face glowing with joy.
He speaks slowly, carefully…affects
of surgery, trauma, and treatments;
speech belying his intelligence.
When asked how he’s doing,
his answer has always been:
“Copacetic, hunky-dory and awesome!”
His passion is music: classic, contemporary, jazz…
the first to arrive at the Friday concerts
the last to leave, still tapping to the beat.
Lately, he has added a new word to his repertoire:
when asked “How ya doin’ today?” he fast replies:
“Copacetic, hunky-dory, awesome…and luminous!!”
Oh, that we could all grasp the simple joy
of living that he finds each day...
Oh, that we might be “luminous” too!
© Ginny Brannan November 2012
I work with the elderly, and many inspire me and touch my heart.
Sharing at d'Verse Poets Open Link Night, Week #71