How to be old—we're all learning

Housework in old age—a poem

Why do (other) people neglect housework in old age? Why do old people neglect home maintenance?

Many abandon housework in their later years.
(Not you, of course.) Be tolerant.
Maybe they’re low on energy
maybe their poor old knees are sore
or they don’t have strength
in their hands any more.

Maybe they simply fail to see
the blackened cups, the sticky floors
the crumbs and dust and animal hair
or maybe they honestly don’t care.

As Quentin Crisp declared,
after the first four years
the dirt doesn’t get any worse.

Rachel McAlpine — feel free to share

See also: Home maintenance in old age