Sometimes everything has to be enscribed across the heavens so you can find the one line already written inside you. Sometimes it takes a great sky to find that small, bright, and indescribable wedge of freedom in your own heart. David Whyte

A New Twist

on September 29, 2018

My apartment building’s intent
Is to be where folk age in place
We covenant to have each other’s back
And enjoy our golden years in peace

An accoutrement worn by most
Is a bracelet-cum-alarm device
That sends out a call to the EMS squad
If its owner suffers a fall

I am an odd-person-out
This bracelet does not suit my style
Reminder of what might possibly be
Cramps the notion I want to live free

Then an accident occurred
Someone fell and could not get back up
Wearing no bracelet she could not call for help
And remained on the floor several days (She’s O.K.)

My son hearing about her dire fate
Questioned where I keep my cellphone
I said “Home in a drawer.” He replied
“Well, you should wear it around your neck.”

Hearing my objections he had an idea.
“Mom, how about getting Alexa?
Then if you fall she can send out the call
And EMS will come out and get ya’.”

16 responses to “A New Twist

  1. Luanne says:

    Wow! Great idea! You need something!

  2. My son lives in supported living and wont we wear his bracelet, my mum didnt used to wear her pendant, you are in good company I think but I guess it pays to keep it on. Lovely poem x

  3. JoHanna Massey says:

    You capture the details of this thing we call old so clearly. I completely understand your resistance to your days being monitored 24/7. All my best to you.

  4. InfiniteZip says:

    awesome idea, just hope she doesn’t order you a pizza by mistake 🙂 no falls allowed! That solves that 🙂

    • vivachange77 says:

      Well, I wouldn’t mind a pizza. I’m with you “no falls allowed” and haven’t so far. It’s my children who worry about me, and people who wear alarm bracelets. 🙂

  5. Now that is a great idea!!!!!

  6. Dale says:

    I think that is a fair compromise all ’round… You won’t feel so “tethered”… 😉

  7. Eric Alagan says:

    I actually had to look up “Alexa”.

    With GPS we get a backseat driver. Now with Alexa… so much more.

    I know what I’ll do. I leak out the word that I’ve a million dollars stashed away. That’ll ensure I get many daily visitors 🙂

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