The mathematics of infinity
He had run around a lot when he was younger,
had been pretty good athlete
later the cool uncle –
the popular one, who always seemed younger
bought us ice creams and decent presents.
When we were adolescent
it was his opinions we valued
and approval we wanted.
He always made time, and always brought enthusiasm.
The first law of thermodynamics
Energy and matter cannot be created, nor destroyed,
The mathematics of infirmity
Slow subtraction of strength
relentless addition of atrophy
constant division of self
to end in multiplication of assistance
of shuffling corridors
assisted showering, bedpans
and square root of what once was.