Magazine April 19, 2010, Issue

Poetry

 

TOO MANY BIRTHDAYS

Curtal Sonnet #17

“What seems to be the trouble, Mr. Williams?”   — Physician

“Too many birthdays.”   — Thomas J. Williams, age 91

The leg-kick that gave leverage to pull

        The prop and get the old Lycoming started;

        The torque that wrist could put upon a wrench;

A head bent over his Bible, and a full

        Support for ministers that were true-hearted;

        Integrity that wouldn’t give an inch:

That is the way we all remember him

        Until “too many birthdays” came and thwarted

        The spirit in the body it still clinched

With wilted memory and withered limbs

        That made us want to flinch.

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Poetry

  TOO MANY BIRTHDAYS Curtal Sonnet #17 “What seems to be the trouble, Mr. Williams?”   — Physician “Too many birthdays.”   — Thomas J. Williams, age 91 The leg-kick that gave leverage to pull         The prop and ...
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