birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.

Self Diagnosis: Old

For one thing, after buying in
for all those years, I didn't think

I'd make it to where I am,
I could hardly imagine

surviving into supposed
decrepitude. I'd've disposed

of me by now! And why not?
My mind's eye valued old me squat.

But it's, ham-handed, come upon me
nonetheless, and so holy see

can take it back. Ow, my back!
It's pain that drives this verdict:

I'm old now. Not a number nor
mental skill indicator

tells me so like how hard
it is to roll out of bed

at 4 a.m. to visit the loo.
Oh yeah, that's another clue too.

I Pray

Stumped by "Promise"