SOMETIMES, an excerpt from Bear in Mind.

in the early mornings,
as she lies in bed
thoughts will visit her,
and she feels almost normal.

When she rises, the gaps appear.
“When I turned eighty, I was elated.
Now it’s all so altered—
not better or worse, but different—
I couldn’t have imagined it.”

With less, she takes less for granted,
her once prickly self-absorption
smoothed to tempered gratitude.