Dear Adam, – Elaine Mintzer

You were
so cocksure
of your fine
the hold
your muscles
on femur
and humerus,
the days
that forgave
and again
the insults
to the
tender flesh
that covered
as if you
were all underbelly.
God granted you
long life
but not long youth,
made you toil
until each stride,
as you shuffled off,
was shorter
than the last.
than it was—
the back,
the dick,
the step.

Elaine MintzerElaine Mintzer has been published in journals and anthologies. Her work was featured in 13 Los Angeles Poets. Elaine’s first collection, Natural Selections, was published by Bombshelter Press. She writes and teaches writing in Los Angeles.