Copyright © 2018 by Marvin Cohen

Old age is a deathly trap.
In life's lengthy race, you're on the last lap.
My school classmates succumbed
so I'm left alone and feel numb
except for arthritis' constant ache
and the more than occasional stomach ache
which I can't pretend is only fake.
Other ailments also pursue me.
And people I owe money to are too dead to sue me,
so that's a huge life saving,
since unequal democracy
is what we're braving
in the bad- or good-luck sweepstakes.
Do you by accident have what it takes?
How things turn out is what makes
people relatively calm and happy
or else dead or they feel crappy.