Magazine April 19, 2010, Issue

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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