A Still Grey Figure

This still grey figure
ramrod straight, eyes shut,
in the hospital bed
ignores us, leaves us
to talk among ourselves
to talk to official people
complete official forms.

He had always done the talking
at full volume, ruled what
his family said and did,
complained when they did not
do his bidding, his way.
Now his children make
decisions for him.

Does he know what we do
in some incomprehensible way ?
in some different dimension ?
Too late now.
He is powerless
to change what we do.


Previously posted May 2016.

A Still Grey Figure