By: Raymond J. Denzel


one should know
it will happen
one day
age creeping up
wear and tear
occupation contributes

wake from sleep
thought only
of pain
knee cries out
can't move
knifing shooting
left one aches

slowly move
careful
subsides for now
walking at work
right one starts
to click
heard by none

shrug it off
only thought
man's way
ignore it will
go away

suddenly
realized
my new world order
where is Dorothy
I need her now
oil can
oil can
squirt here
squirt there
squeak squeak
ahhh
feeling better
all better

wake up ToTo
no oil can
no relief
surprise
not in kansas
anymore

Raymond J. Denzel
R. Jacob Post Poetic Muses



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  1. Poetikat Says:

    Ray, I love this notion of the Tin Man representing old age and those nasty aches, pains and injuries we experience. The Dorothy lines are my favourites - and the way you wrap it up as the dream-within-a-dream like the original is classic!

    Well done!

    Kat