Voices on the Wind
Voices on Aging
Sad and Wise, or
The Age of Discretion in Medieval London.
by Kathryn Jacobs
The whispers of retirement dribble off
in half-completed sentences tonight;
Americans don't talk of money, and
we don't admit we're scared.
would just be indiscreet, I could repeat
the conversation later
Friends, we say.
But after all the years of discipline
it's hard to break down bulwarks long prepared
against each other, because no one shares
his secrets with a rival. We could stay
up late this evening: drink and listen. And
There was a time we might have opened wide
to chance-met strangers; we grew wiser. Now
nobody breaks us, but we're petrified