What’s in a Title
Unlike this woman who goes by the title
Grandma, some of us never became one
but we still have the years so maybe
we are entitled to her title too.
Unlike children, time is an equal
opportunity employer. I like
the Asian way all their old women
are their aunts or grandmothers.
They know how to address time.
Here in our disrespectful country
we kill off our old women and men
in nursing homes (a misnomer if ever
there was one) and then when some
pandemic comes along it gets rid
of all but the more recalcitrant ones.
It’s the culture, it’s said, this obsession
with youth. So to make amends
those in charge of our culture
take one old woman who has never
painted a self portrait in her life,
honor her and title her work
primitive, folk art.