“The Old People Police” by Cynthia Reed


Home sweet home
Strapped to a chair
A cozy bed with guard rails
So much healthier, convenient
Christmas time visits made simple
Grandchildren turning up their noses
The smell of death
Take the day old cookies to be polite
Bingo dabbers, yarn
Brittle hands folded neatly
Vacant eyes watching
Offspring have yard sales
Everything in this box for dollar.