Slowly he drives, irritating
those whose reflexes are quicker,
those who want desperately
to get wherever they are going.
Most things are slower now.
Deliberation replaces desperation
He reaches things just beyond his grasp,
knocking over what's nearer at hand.
Reaching lengthens cramped
arthritic joints, brings its own purpose
to the table. Senility sits to the left
of dementia--domino tiles click--
as they shed the extra coats
they've worn as winter turns
to summer and they lose
the board on which they play.