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Aging

A descent on stairs
two at a time
tests my knees,
balance, aging
sense of youth
still stuck within
what my legs
can do despite
what my wrinkled
brain insists
on not doing
after reading signs
at each landing
to use handrails
to mitigate
responsibility
for my long
quickening descent.


  Richard Dinges, Jr.