When Did You Get So Old
by L.V. Berne
When did you get so old?
your skin is thin and brittle
like rice paper.
In your chair facing the sea
you are stooped, bent, and twisted
by too many years in the wind and the rain.
I watch you and wonder when did you stop
being the giant in the room,
slayer of monsters under the bed.
It must have happened slowly over time
like cold honey into tea.
Or maybe it happened when I wasn’t looking
the way dirt builds up in the corners
of window sills.
L.V. Berne is originally from Alaska she currently resides in Aspen, Colorado. Luisa is a practicing lawyer with a passion for writing. Her work has appeared in Open Windows- 2006 and Ice Box: UAF student literary Journal and Alaska Women Speak: Spring 2019.