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The mathematics of infinity

He had run around a lot when he was younger,
had been pretty good athlete
and footballer
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,
only transformed.

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
pureed food
call buttons
assisted showering, bedpans
and square root of what once was.



Most of my life has been spent on the bench, occasionally called into the game by extravagance or attenuation. Waiting has turned a loner into a recorder - nondescript and inconsequential, more not noticed than overlooked - the non-vantage point of children not yet considered old enough to understand. Orphaned Islands (Un)poetry is a lifetime of picking anecdotes up and not throwing them away. Stories collected like odds and ends placed in a box in the basement, the garage, the garden shed - uncertain as to what their use might be but knowing that one day there might be one.