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Tuesday, June 16, 2009


by Bill Costley

Like Rip Van Winkles, the whole
BabyBoomer generation awakens
to plenty reduced to the spare change
any grizzled guy on any streetcorner
hawking the STREET NEWS asks for;
last Wed. nite across from the S.F. Opera
he said “God Bless You” as I hobbled by
on my segmented folding metal cane, as
at 67, I’m being rebuilt knee-by-knee
with a rest-of-lifetime guarantee.

Bill Costley serves on the Steering Committee of the San Francisco Bay area chapter of the National Writers Union.