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If I sit in my chair, journeying motionless toward the ragged shore

of this age I thought I’d never reachthe number
that belonged once to my mother,
and the ones
who came before, I can see dimly
into the dogwood outside this southern window,
its leaves now, as on every birthday, bleeding softly into fall.
We’re ready, they tell me: just moving through our time. You, too,
they say. You too. Do it gracefully, with dignity, so quietly
the passerby will hardly know
you’ve gone
                              Nicola Waldron

                             Columbia, South Carolina