As it turns out, life
is an ongoing process of accretion
and deconstruction, of growth
and eventual shrinkage.
I started with 20 teeth
I am told, and got to 32,
only to fall back to 23
thanks to orthodontia and wear.
We start with 270 or more
bones, but we knit that number
down to 206, or in my case under
200, the orthopaedist’s handiwork.
And with time we progress
from diapers and being pushed
around to walking, running,
driving ourselves in many ways,
but in the end, for many of us,
we revert to childhood, but one
where the future is behind us,
and the past is that to which we cling.