Rondeau: old woman with a cat.

Author:Taylor, Marilyn

Osteoporosis (one of life's indignities)

is such a splendid name for the disease--

all those little o's, holes in the bone

where the rain gets in, rendering a crone

like me defective, porous, as Swiss cheese.

I'm riddled at the hips and knees,

roundsided as parentheses

since my shrunken spine has known

osteoporosis

and my extremities

have shriveled into lacy filigrees,

breakable as glass on stone.

Naked at the window ledge I drone

to my sleek, supple Siamese:

osteoporosis.

MARILYN TAYLOR's work has appeared in Poetry, Southern California Anthology, and Poetry Northwest...

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