Listening to Neil Young on a Gray Day and Understanding Clearly What My Grandfather Told Me Long Ago

by Barry Basden

Old man             I thought I'd never be one. But now when I

look                     at my ragged face in the mirror, I'm surprised

at my life           and how quickly it's slipped from youth to dotage.

I'm a lot             wiser now but so what? Today, I'm wishing 

like you were    that I could do it over again. Same mistakes,                                                                        same regrets: 

                              Just to be young one more time.