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Carroll S. Taylor


Crowsí feet.
Sagging jowls.
Turkey neck.

Laughter wrinkles.
Keep smiling
so they donít show.

Extra pounds.
Achy hips and knees.
stop pulling me down.

Oh, well,
I donít want to drift away
into outer space where
no one can hear
me complain.

Throw out the scale.
Donít look in the mirror.
Let gravity do its thing.

© by Carroll S. Taylor.
Used here with the authorís permission.

Carroll S. Taylor, a retired educator, is a writer, poet, and playwright. She is the author of two young adult novels, Chinaberry Summer and Chinaberry Summer: On the Other Side, and two children’s books, Feannag the Crow (2020) and Ella's Quilt (2023).  Carroll wrote a play, An Appointment with the Year Monger, and co-wrote another play, Beneath the Sky and Waters, an overview of Clay County, North Carolina's history and connection to the Cherokee heritage of the area. Both were performed onstage at the Peacock Performing Arts Center in Hayesville, NC. Carroll’s work emphasizes generational storytelling and she also enjoys writing about reptiles, amphibians, spiders, and other critters. She and her husband live in Hiawassee, Georgia. Learn more about Carroll at



Post New Comment:
Wilda Morris:
Fun poem on aging!
Posted 03/29/2024 09:17 AM
Thank you for giving me images that made me smile, laugh, and realize that things are okay.
Posted 03/29/2024 07:16 AM
Lori Levy:
Especially like the fourth stanza.
Posted 03/27/2024 08:23 PM
Oh, so relatable!
Posted 03/27/2024 05:04 PM
Yes, gravity is right up there with death and taxes.
Posted 03/27/2024 02:24 PM
Leslie Hodge:
Love the phrase "I dont want to drift away / into outer space where / no one can hear / me complain."
Posted 03/27/2024 12:45 PM
Posted 03/27/2024 10:06 AM
Providing new perspectives Installed circus mirrors and working on a walking handstand...
Posted 03/27/2024 09:21 AM
Larry Schug:
Gravity will win anyway, so... Nicely said.
Posted 03/27/2024 07:41 AM

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