Old Age Grandma I watched you in those home videos. Your hair is still black, You move like a dancer, And your smile is quick to appear. Your jade and ivory bracelets look so wonderful On your wrists. I watch you now, Sorrow and fear in my eyes. For your back is hunched, Arthritis is in your knees, your hands, Your feet. You ignore the Western doctor, and turn to the East for guidance. I want to smack you For your ignorance. I don't think you know how much it scares me, To see you like this. I heard you fall once And your scream of pain. I don't think my heart has stopped like that before. You don't wear those bracelets anymore, They wear you. But everyday you fix Three meals a day, like you did when I was little. God, I can't imagine the agony you go through, Day after day. I look at you now, And wonder about my fate. I know I will be just like you.