Lavinia Kumar

Deliberate

Out along the pavement

I wait twenty feet ahead

for his plodding steps.


Then I walk.  Stop.  Again, again.

Until he and I reach the shop,

find mangoes, juice, milk.


Though our food list remains

the same over our years,

our pace is now different,


his one knee disobedient,

foot-moves no longer heel-toe,

gait aided with a pole.


But his face looks young,

mine wrinkled like oak bark,

so together we are a pair.


Back home, cats, ears-forward,

are in the front window, hope

to sight a rabbit, robin.  Mostly us.

Lavinia Kumar’s latest books are Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Women, Women: Soldiers, Spies of Revolutionary and Civil Wars, No Longer Silent: the Silk and Iron of Women Scientists, and Beauty. Salon. Art. Her poems range from science to surreal to history and the everyday. Her poetry has appeared in US, Irish, & UK publications. Her website is laviniakumar.org.