Rules for Old Men Waiting

Rules for Old Men Waiting

A Poem by Robert Ronnow

Jack awoke in his usual pain, un-
daunted by it. We're all gonna die
someday is his morning mantra these days.
Isolate the variable, anything
you do to one side of the equation
you gotta do to the other. Practice
zen, eat less, an empty belly's holy.
These are the rules for old men waiting.

On the other hand, attachment to self
and to things to do. Clean the house, watch for war.
Count syllables, teach English to immigrants
from Slovakia or Syria.
Advocate vocational education
in the schools. Jack has much to do, a new
administration, low social security.
He goes slow as the day will allow.

© 2018 Robert Ronnow

Author's Note

Robert Ronnow
--title from a novel by Peter Pouncey

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Added on August 2, 2018
Last Updated on August 2, 2018
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