Getting Old

Getting Old

I have to admit that getting old is more fun than I thought it would be.

Developing more wrinkles, especially on my forehead, losing most

of my sex drive, much of my hair, requiring more dental work, often

feeling tired and worn out, having aches and pains, and waking up

3 or 4 times during the night needing to pee.

And did I mention how much fun it is to feel scared in public that I might

get bitten by a rabid dog, hit by a car while crossing the street, or have

someone sneak up behind me who thinks I was their third-grade teacher

who often embarrassed them in front of the class, and wanting to get

revenge they decide to conk me over the head with a hammer.

I wouldn’t miss getting old for the world, and I only hope you’ll enjoy it

as much as I do-- that is, if you live long enough.

Jeffrey Zable


Jeffrey Zable is a teacher and conga drummer who plays Afro-Cuban folkloric music

for dance classes and Rumbas around the San Francisco Bay Area. His poetry, fiction,

and non-fiction have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines and anthologies.    

Recent writing in Ariel Chart, Hypnopomp, Ink In Thirds, Tigershark, The Stray Branch,

Pensive Stories, Third Wednesday, Brushfire, Smoky Blue, Greensilk, Corvus, and many others

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