these blessings

sure didn’t start that way

my girl taking her aged mother

to the dentist the doctor

picking up from hospitals

worrying over her ill health

her now finite future

& I don’t have these things

to fret over

my parents being long gone

not part of my life for so long

& I wanted back when I was young

somebody steadfast there to love

to feel their arms care for me

the lack of I felt as burden

but now see as a blessing

to not have to carry them

into their finite future