Assisted Living

No one should have to live in
places like this:
warehousing the elderly
is all it is
and anyway
other societies
respect
their elders.
Not like here.

But you just don’t know
until it is your decision
to make

And you realize
there aren’t any
right answers
so the best can you can hope for
is the least-wrong
solution

Which leads you to following along
at a barely-perceptible pace
behind an elderly parent
heading to dinner
at 4:30

And you avoid eye contact
with other middle aged children
which seems odd
except maybe none of us
are completely comfortable
with these decisions
we’ve made.

August 4, 2013

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