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Wheel chairs
Hospital beds
Institutional foods
Card games that never end
Hanging on
Often long
To precious moments
With children gone
And minimal time
To spare or care.

The roller coaster of life
Spins faster and faster
Throwing off lives
With increased frequency
Surprise deaths
More stress
Exaggerated distractions
Electronic contraptions
Wiling away
Yet one more day
Long hours alone
Listening for the phone
Putting in time
Till time is gone.

The ticking clock
Never stops
Tick tock
Tick tock