Daily Archives: September 21, 2016


I was never stylish;
I can’t compete
with glittery conversation
or chic mode of dress;
hard as I try to be subtle
what you see is what you get.
but this time I will crack
in the style of a gnarled veteran
of bravely defeated battles;
an escapee from the prison camp
of chemical enemies.
I shall break with quiet dignity
and some degree of privacy;
concealing my tear-stained face,
calming the weighty beat my chest
and drowning the tiny whimpers
which issue without request.

I have reached a certain age;
a senior station in life;
I can sink with decorum
if nothing else,

and I will await my time,
then rise again.

The Daily Post #Stylish

©Jane Paterson Basil