KEEP ME AROUND

more and more lately
i've noticed kids
running a few yards
ahead of their parents
then turning around
grinning, and waiting for them
they are like yo-yo's
swinging on an invisible
umbilical chord

more and more lately
i've seen old people
using canes instead of walkers
and the younger people
using canes instead of crutches
the cane
which we hardly saw at all
between 1998 and 2010
is making a comeback

you can tell what kind of underwear
a woman is wearing
based on her choice of footwear
it wasn't always this way
friends, in 2005 i noticed all the skulls
appearing on sweatshirts
and shoelaces
you see that less now

remember when everyone liked
pirates and robots?
well i do