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George Drew: On Another Epic Trip Around the Sun

When I turned sixty I was with my kinfolk
in Mississippi, in Grenada, Mississippi to be exact,
boozing it up in a Country Music juke joint.
I was sixty and I was dancing with Jan,
my brother's Queen of the Line Dance wife,
and I was dancing with my once upon a time
Queen of the Jitterbug Aunt Joyce, and more than anyone
I was dancing with my Slow Dance Goddess, Mama.
 
Now Mama and Aunt Joyce are gone,
my brother's fighting bladder cancer, Jan
nearly died from a bad heart, and she
and my brother don't dance anymore.
 
And here I am, on the verge of turning three
score and ten in Poestenkill, New York,
and what am I doing?—sitting with my feet up
in front of the tv listening to Emmylou Harris sing
her heart out about Poncho's being laid low.
 
What's it like? my wiseass friends will ask
tomorrow and for a few tomorrows after that.
Exactly like turning sixty, I'll answer—threats
of absence then, threats of absence ahead.
For now, after Emmylou fades out and credits scroll
down tv screens in Poestenkill, New York,
I'll  lift myself from my chair, insert my favorite
Robert Cray cd, and I'll dance. Dance until I drop.

Copyright 2022 George Drew

George Drew’s books include Drumming Armageddon (Madville, 2020).

8 comments on “George Drew: On Another Epic Trip Around the Sun

  1. Rosemary Roenfanz
    January 1, 2022

    I love how you write about the reality of aging. It makes me feel “not so alone” as we travel around the sun again and again. Thank you for making me smile. Happy New Year and all the best to you and your family-
    Rosemary

    Liked by 1 person

  2. allisonfine
    January 1, 2022

    Love it! I am few years on from you! Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Barbara Huntington
    January 1, 2022

    Time to ask Alexa to play Hall of the Mountain King so I can dance. Then maybe I’ll ask for Emmylou Harris. Have an eclectic new year.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. melpacker
    January 1, 2022

    Agree with other posts. Great poem to start the new year.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. kim4true
    January 1, 2022

    The song to start the year: Emmylou Harris singing “Poncho and Lefty.” Happy New Year!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. contact
    January 1, 2022

    Great choice to start a new year.  Here’s to celebrating the joys that 2021 offered and honoring the sorrows it asked us to carry– and eagerly anticipating all that 2022 has in store. L

    Liked by 2 people

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