stilled life

Walking, talking, laughing, thinking

doing, being, meeting, marrying

children, busy, running,

shopping, being occupied, anger,

kindness, sadness, happiness, crying,

people, laughing

contacts, a lot of work, home

and then


gradually


the children

leave the house,

each one goes his own way


and the man

gets retired

ill,

death.


That is life

that was lively

and you stay

alone.

and the children

prefer

your going to a nursing home.


Because there

they will take care of you

they're good for you they know what is good for you

and if you yourself are not so able anymore

they will do it for you.

And on a beautiful summer day you can


sit

on the large lawn

outside


from five o'clock

until half past six.


There you sit all together

people with gray hair

quietly

because they would rather not

that you yourself get up and decide

to enter.


You who took so many decisions in your life. Who went to school, worked,

has decided to marry, decided to have children, decided to buy a house, a car, a vacation and took many many more decisions.


You are not allowed anymore to decide

because you are old

and gray

an old woman.


I passed by the lawn

and saw them sitting there. Quietly

abandoned

lonely

alone.

With good intentions

reduced to objects.


Stilled life.

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