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“Turn him to any cause of policy,

The Gordian Knot of it he will unloose,

Familiar as his garter” (ShakespeareHenry V, Act 1 Scene 1. 45–47)


She goes almost any where she used to go,

with help and careful planning, going slow.

And can do many things she used to do

but very little that is really new.


She always watches TV ‘breaking news‘,

where talking heads spew hired words and views.

Still astute and alert at one hundred three,

but lone and lonely as old age might be


that loses loved ones almost every day,

whose cherished enemies too, have gone away,

to a place imagined by the human mind,

invisible, that none can see or find.


The history she lived – redacted, gone;

her universal truths –  now considered wrong.

She wantonly outlived her long gone life;

no one else remembers its joy or strife.


She searches through neuronal tangled time,

for some clear meaning in the paradyme

that requires she must live on –  on and on

after the life she loved and lived is gone,


vainly unraveling tangles to find

Why they all go but leave her here behind

Why do  we cling to life on earth, my dears?

Why must I live so far beyond my years?


But a cat curls and purrs at her side and then

that pesky 10thth grader comes in again

about the same  Occam’s Razor*  essay;

Or the Gordian Knot**  – She cannot say;


Again he fills her shadowed room with light

like sunrise in the middle of the night;

he shares new aps and asks about her past,

and  claims her newborn breath’s within her  last.



* a problem-solving principle attributed to William of Ockham, (c. 1287–1347). The principle  that can be interpreted as  Among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions is most correct.  

**  Referring to Phrygian King Gordiam, often used as a metaphor  for  disentangling a knot by simply cutting it.

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