when your thyroid sleeps

all of your underwear feel 

like they’re on backwards 

when you’re growing old 

all of your body parts feel 

like they’re hitching south 

when you’re wrinkling up 

all of your mirrors whisper 

there may be stray hairs 

when you’re standing up 

all of your knee and hip joints 

clash in a gang fight 

when you’re lying down 

your brand new CPAP machine 

waves a bleached white flag 

when your gray hair rules 

all of the rest of you knows 

you’re overshadowed

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