Aging Well

      by Robert Lee Brewer

After Bashō as translated by Allen Ginsberg

The funny thing about growing old
is you never know how to respond
until after the fact. Like a frog
that sits and then eventually jumps
there’s absolutely no thought given
to the process. You’re young; then, kerplunk!


This is an example of a “golden shovel” poem, where the last word of each line is from a poem (or a line from a poem) by another poet, in this case Bashō. From Robert Lee Brewer’s Writer’s Digest blog. See also “You Can’t Be Serious.”