Connie Bensley

The Time of Shoring Up

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After the years at the gym,

the diets and the supplements, he comes —

nevertheless — to the time of shoring up.

Now he is under the aegis of the Holy Trinity

of Dentistry, Cardiology and Urology

whose gods must be placated and obeyed.

He turns towards his bathroom reflection,

to assess the state of affairs:

chest braced, mouth closed

(pending the next dental refurbishment).

Mercifully, the glass steams up, and his blurred gaze

looks younger every minute.