Ten days into
A writers' conference,
I think that monks
Did right by silence.
Addition is the rule of youth
As life brings skills and jobs and more,
But at some point subtraction starts
To take what did accrue before.
Retirement can deplete too soon
Hard-earned, long-held financial gains,
If all that multiplies with age
Are costs and losses, aches and pains.
If you have any comments on these poems, Jane Blanchard would be
pleased to hear from you.