Five Minutes to Eighty - Claire Scott

Have you noticed
how you cling to
the banister going downstairs
how you leave sticky notes
on the counter, the mirror
the fridge and forget to read them
have you noticed
how you drive more slowly
get lost coming home from Lucky’s
crawl like a banana slug on freeways
unhappy cars honking behind you
what of boots left listless
no longer hiking alone with a bag
of trail mix and a crumpled map

Have you noticed
how you no longer pay attention to time
watching old movies past midnight
Apocalypse Now, Star Wars
eating Oreos in bed
crumbs sprinkled on the sheets
waking to noon’s pointed light
have you noticed
how you let laundry pile high
dust settle on chairs
bills stack on your desk
while you read Alice Walker
and write poems for your own pleasure
have you noticed

Claire Scott is an award-winning poet who has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize (2013 and 2014).  She was a semi-finalist for both the 2014 Pangaea Prize and the 2014 Atlantis Award. Her first book of poetry, Waiting to be Called, was recently published by IF SF Publishing.  Claire is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Berkeley, CA.  She lives with her husband in Oakland, CA and has two children, two children by marriage and five grandchildren.  All of which keep her wonderfully busy!