Old People by Donal Mahoney

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These are old people
retired and driving slowly
from small apartments
in economy cars 
getting out on canes 
and walkers with
hearing aids you can see
attired in the best 
Goodwill has to offer
arriving between 1 and 3 
weekday afternoons
at Mid-America Buffet
eating their fill for $5.00 off
piling their plates with
chicken, meat loaf
salads galore, veggies
from childhood
green beans, carrots 
eaten in a rush as kids
listening to Fibber McGee
and Molly on the radio
eaten slowly now 
by folks who make it
on crackers and snacks
and one meal a day
this one for $5.00 off
at Mid-America Buffet.
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Since I was feeling old this morning, I thought this was an apropos poem from Donal Mahoney (who has also sent in a Halloween poem, which I will post  in October) – Valeri Beers
p.s. look for this great poem on the Poetry Pasta Facebook page 🙂
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