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Women’s Stories of Successful Aging

Kay Dilger Metcalfe: Written Reflections on Aging

 “Several months ago, I fell . . .” (May 20, 2011)

With encouragement from Alice Schertle, a writer and friend from Plainfield, Kay revised the previous piece and reformatted it as a poem. It was published in the Plainfield Post on May 20, 2011. Through her writings over the years, Kay shares her experience of aging with the local community, creating a record of what this experience has meant to her.

Several months ago, I fell

From my Thinking Perch

To a place known lurking about.

It may be jolly good and

Maybe not.

The new ear phone

Performs as it pleases.

Life continues

In its significant ways.

Spring is rather odd too.

Who knows about summer.

To remember things is a real nuisance.

So, Old Age is busy now

Showing off its inordinate skills.


I live with my lovely prospering daughter

and husband

Considerate and caring.

Nearby, Windsor Pond is graced

With a fine solar home

Built by architect son, Tris III

They are both handsome.


Kathyryn Dilger Metcalfe, May 2011