fire-activated…

aunt bea
was
on the phone
when
i arrived
i overheard
her say to someone
that’s so very sweet of you dear
but
my schedule is such
that
i’m
just too busy
to do that
since
aunt bea
told me
yesterday
that she had
an open schedule
i was a bit
confused
aunt bea
clarified
by saying to me
that
was a call
from a representative
of
the company
and
volunteer organization
where i used to work
they wanted to have
one of those dinners
for me
where folks talk
about
the past
and
pile on praise
for
accomplishments
but child
i ain’t dead yet
nor
am i finished
so
i don’t need
no matter how well intended
one of those
out to pasture events
what i did
i did
but
i have more to do
more dreams
to fulfill
and
more roads to travel
when you freely walk
into life’s pasture
and
assert to yourself
this is where i belong
then
life’s journey
has truly
ended