First published in December 2021
Let me help you,
the young man says taking the older man's arm
as they climb the steep steps to a neighbour's house.
You are my grandfather,
he jokes - but there's a serious edge to his words.
To us, we're 'getting on' - old age is for others.
We know we're not as spry
as we once were, but we're not really old, not us.
Youngsters view us differently -
to them, we're positively doddery.
So maybe we should sit back
let them help, take over.
One day, in a future they can't imagine, they too will
use sticks, need spectables,
become Grandfather and Grandmama.