Detritus of a life
Receipts, bills and Christmas cards –
A person’s life reduced to forests of paper.
A story encoded across its leaves
Spidery handwriting tracking
vain attempts at keeping up,
Overdue notices evidence
of the falling behind.
The faltering failing of a Man
who did not know how to
ask for help.
Photographs no longer treasured
Clothes hanging, never to be worn again
House contents awaiting disposal.
The house itself decaying along
with its inhabitant.
A graceless decline of an Elder
stranded in a world
that had no value for him.
What meaning in a life thus ending?