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The Retirees are Growing Out
Janet McCann


The retirees have started to grow out.
Philip was smoothly shaven and he sported
expensive ties and scents, and now about
an inch of fuzz softens his jaw. Reported
to spend his whole day on his boat, he steps
into the office twice a year, looks round,
his smile now genuine. He waves and schlepps
his mail home. Mark makes very little sound,
he who used to bark out orders; saggy jeans
replace his suit-pants with the knife-sharp creases.
He brings us squash, tomatoes, carrots, beans
grown on the acre garden plot he leases.
They do not carry briefcases or keys.
They stand there, gentled, genial as trees.

 © by Janet McCann.
 Used with the author’s permission.



Janet McCann has been teaching creative writing and other vices to Aggies at Texas A&M for more than forty years. Her award-winning work is widely published in several genres. Janet's most recent collection is Emily’s Dress, published by Pecan Grove Press. She is concerned for feral cats and other beings who are overlooked or abused. 

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Ginny C.:
Last line is great.
Posted 03/06/2013 02:09 PM
Linda Crosfield:
Love this poem, Janet. Great to see you here, postcard friend!
Posted 03/06/2013 11:33 AM
Glen Sorestad:
Always great to see a well crafted sonnet these days. Way to go, Janet!
Posted 03/06/2013 09:02 AM
Yes, there is a big drive for release of stress these days.
Posted 03/06/2013 07:00 AM
What a nice way you have of painting the genuine selves that come forth after so many years of work! '...his smile now genuine'.... 'Mark brings us squash,....' Thank you! I'm going to Amazon to take a look at a couple of your books.
Posted 03/06/2013 06:40 AM

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