I just heard Garrison Keillor reading a poem on Writer’s Almanac, after the news and before the music on NPR. It made my day. Thought you might enjoy it as well. It’s a poem called “When I Am Old” by Ray Nargis from Almost Tomorrow. The link I’ve inserted is the NPR affiliate link to Amazon, so they get the two cents if you buy it.
Here are some excerpts:
When I am old I’ll drink whiskey in the morning
And coffee at night
And laugh and spit and swear wherever I want.
When I am old I’ll help Girl Scouts across the street
Even if they don’t want to go
And I won’t have a car
And I won’t have a bike
And I’ll walk everywhere.
When I am old I’ll tell people exactly what I think of them
And surprisingly, most of the time it really will be good stuff.
When I am old I won’t have a TV
And I won’t have a radio
And I won’t have a computer or a clock or a phone in the house.
I won’t read books and I won’t read magazines
And I won’t read newspapers and maybe, finally
I’ll learn something just watching the birds and the weather.