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Wednesday, 09 January 2013

Seventy & Eight

By Arlene Corwin

Seventy and eight:
You’ve definitely
Set aside some vanity.
What is it but priority?
And some priorities have changed.
It’s called acceptance.
Skin that’s re-arranged itself
Without permission.
When you’re nearing birthdays
Each and every
Twelfth damned month,
You shun
The cant if you’re observant.
This has that - and that’s a pain,
Marriages have come and gone,
You’ve eaten everything on offer.
Gone the need to entertain
The suffering’s more neutralized;
So many friends and kin have died.
You’ve channeled drives
That used to thrive on pleasure.
With a birthday coming up
You’re going down each second’s unit
So immeasurably tiny you can’t count it.
Here is where it gets didactic:
Birthdays coming up – don’t hope but have it.
As for vanity, retract it.
That’s it.


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Comments

Such a brave and honest approach.

Happy Birthday!

Stand in the sun. A new day has begun. Not like days of yore when you weren't quite as sore.

Yes, your priorities are straight because there's no time to waste.

The shadow has its place, but the light is God's grace.

You threw off the cover and let your truth be seen. I'm prompted now to see if I can do the same.

Thanks for this piece.

What a great response, Herm, to a wonderful, accepting poem by a woman who has it together. Perhaps such honesty will inspire others to think differently, even without writing their own poems.

70 and thriving. In this season of my life , my goal to take full advantage of my remaining time year on earth to live life that makes ME happy. Exploring new things and enjoying life to its fullest.

Gosh! I'm moved to tears by your comments. More coming.
Arlene

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