I don’t want to be the grownup ~
In the beginning was the child.
She had to be a grownup even then.
Count the other children. Make certain
none were left behind, like the luggage.
She grew. She aged. Always the grownup.
The older sister. The mother figure. The mentor.
But I don’t want to be the grownup. I don’t know how ~
Now is the time of eldering. Grownup
on steroids. Where’s the damn wisdom
that someone said comes with experience?
Age confers only silver hair, reluctant movement.
People ask for help, for answers, for comfort and
guidance and succor and what the hell do I know??
I don’t want to be the grownup. I don’t know how ~
There are no books for this. No one to ask, no one
be my own good counsel. I listen. I listen. I love.
I listen and love yet again. It’s all I have, all I know –
that love, my mother told me, is the answer.
Even when it’s the question. Even when the silver
and the bones protest that I should know more.
I am the grownup. I am learning how