When You Are Old
you spend hours on a bench
in early morning Paris cold
beneath the verdigrised
statue of Charlemagne
outside of Notre Dame,
your arms covered
with pigeons drawn
to popcorn puffs clenched
in each of your outspread hands,
brown squirrels scream
from the branches
while your brown lab
on his haunches
in the grass
on the Île de la Cité.
Bob McAfee is a retired software consultant who lives near Boston.
His goal is producing poems with both fierceness and a reluctant sense of optimism.
He has written six books of poetry including
“Natural Worlds” poems illustrated with color photographs 2021
“Love Songs” 2022
both available through bookbaby.com.
Poems have been accepted by The Lyric, The Blue Mountain Review,
Gleam Poets, Grand Little Things, Poetry Super Highway,
The Society of Classical Poets Journal and many more.