it is an accepted truth of passing science
that shorter people live longer

i always rationalized
that there is more likely to go wrong
amidst miles of spine, veins, and limbs

but that’s not the reason

it’s mind over matter

discovering this because of my own
diminutive stature

it is impossible to feel old

when your swaying feet
don’t find the floor
beneath the bar stool

enduring a lifetime of
phone book thrones

when one is perpetually
reaching for things
with the assistance
of a nearby chair