A piece on the phases of ageing, with a bit of rhyme.

Part I: ENERGY

(-But this was kindergarten, a long time ago.)

You had playmates.

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Part II: GENEALOGY

You fell in love and said “Yes!”

You became a parent, in the years to come.

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Part III: STRATEGY

Your kids moved out; you got lonely.

You adopted a pet, for its vivacity.

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Part IV: LETHARGY

You gave up your pet for adoption.

You bought a plant, for its simplicity.

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Part V: AUTOPHAGY

(-But your plant has begun to wilt.)

You are too weak from palliatives to water it.

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