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Thursday, 17 January 2013

The Perks of Nearing Eighty

By Arlene Corwin

New, strange openings among the closings:
Eccentricities allowed;
Esteem and honor and regard;
Fear of death, but loss of fear;
Ever nearing understanding
[Of the dying]
and accepting.
Few opinions, no opinion –
All opinions having worth;
Judgment gone, it’s all one wealth.
One, in short is leaving earth relatively soon
Leaving earth to earthlings and their generation.
Still far from free, still incomplete,
And hoping that
You’ll live to conquer every trait that keeps you back,
And keeping track of every detailed perk.

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Posted by Ronni Bennett at 05:30 AM | Permalink | Email this post


Oh Arlene, how well you said what has been in my mind for about a year, as my birthday is next week, the big 80.
All of what you said is so true, but you made a poem and I thank you, it is now on my fridge.

Well, about to be 72 and on one hand thinking, I can forego getting a new winter coat, because, who knows how much time I would get out of it..on the other hand almost every day I encounter people, mostly women, older than me, sometimes by a decade or more..they are living on their own in midtown Manhattan, often in walk up apts, no gripping about them either..discounts at stores, restaurants and even theatre when you live in midtown..I love the last line..You'll live to conquer every trait that keeps you back, I certainly hope so..thanks for sharing..

I disagree a tiny bit with Mary: the last line is actually "keeping track of every detailed perk," which ti me says a so much -- seeing the difficult, the negative, but daily counting the good parts. There ARE detailed perks to aging.

Wonderful poem. So true.

How wonderful you all are to react/respond. To think, I'm on someone's fridge!
You're so,so welcome!

From UK so glad found you

75 in February and still surprised that I am that old
Only remember when I cant get up from the floor or have to take meds in the morning.
You know I quite like it noone expects too much and I can read, think, write (or think about writing - and exercising!!! withoutmuch guilt. My husband is 77 and we just celebrated our 56 anniversary.
When DID I get old why didnt I notice?

Thanks all


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