Aging In Place
by paula reed nancarrow
after william stafford
Here are twin beds in the living room beneath the bay window beds bought for daughters, now their own.
And here is a pill box on their
curved windowsill. An owl paperweight
A hanky. A water glass. A crystal snail.
Upstairs is a lost land, like the past
and the finished basement.
The vast sea of choices. What the snail meant.
Paula Reed Nancarrow is a Minnesota poet and winner of the Winter 2020 Sixfold Poetry Prize. She has a doctorate in Victorian religious literature but has always managed to find work anyway. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cider Press Review, Plainsongs, and The Southern Review.