Or: disadvantages of having an imagination . . .
Until recently, my standard ripost was that
People over sixty with marriageable children
Still had sex
To guarantee they would have grandchildren.
All that has changed:
Now, waiting for grandchildren
Means waiting for the car to
Pull into the icy driveway.
That is my current preoccupation:
They started out over three hours ago,
And are now almost an hour overdue.
I picture carseats hurtling though windshields
Vehicles overturned in the ditch, occupants freezing
Blood, screaming, torn flesh, broken bones —
Ah, here they are.