Sonnet at Sixty-Five

Sixty-five orbits of the sun today
and, though I’m growing tired of this spacesuit,
which rag, as an unhappy by-the-way,
has lost its goggles and at least one boot,
so that I cannot see or even walk
as I once could, and have some trouble hearing,
and toothless too, and tongue-tied, cannot talk
without the noise of cranky broken gearing—
where was I?—tired of this spacesuit!—still I
am grateful that I have a suit to wear
at sixty-five, and wouldn’t I be silly
if I preferred to lie in earth bone-bare
to orbiting the sun again this year
in this old-fashioned and bedraggled gear?

E. M. Schorb has published several collections of poetry, including Time and Fevers: New and Selected Poems (AuthorsHouse, 2004), which was chosen as a 2007 Eric Hoffer Book Award winner; A Fable & Other Prose Poems (2002), Murderer's Day (1998), winner of the Verna Emery Poetry Prize; 50 Poems (1987); and The Poor Boy and Other Poems (1975); and a chapbook, Like the Fall of Rome and Other Humanitarian Disasters (1980). He is also the author of two novels: Paradise Square, which won the International eBook Award Foundation's Frankfurt eBook Award for "Best Fiction work originally published in eBook form," and Scenario for Scorsese (both Denlinger's Publishers, 2000). His poems and prose have appeared in Best American Fantasy 2007, as well as The American Scholar, The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Chattahoochee Review, Chelsea, The Literary Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, The Texas Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Yale Review, among other journals. His honors include Fellowships in Literature from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the North Carolina Arts Council, and grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the Carnegie Fund for Authors, and Robert Rauschenberg & Change, Inc. (for illustrations in The Poor Boy). He lives in Mooresville, North Carolina.