Septua Gent

“There is nothing wrong
with turning seventy but
turning seventy.”

                        –Roshi Bob

It’s been a short long day tight-roping a hair
across a white abyss with little care

The light’s been good, fair wind behind
trouble spare fortune kind

It was a lucky thing to be dropped-off here
in this plentiful place with food and air
and days as short as the thump of a beat

Now the rope-hair’s tint under my feet
is the color of cloud on a summer day
and the silence loud as I fall away
.

by Jim Culleny
6/3/11

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