Old Woman’s Promise

This night is young, but I am not,
So I go now to bed.
But I’ll be long awake before
You lift your sweet young head.

I once believed the night belonged
To me and my young friends.
Now I am old and know the fruits
Of night’s long other end.

Before the dawn I’ll be awake
With mind and eye both clear;
And so to work and words I’ll go,
My mind kicked into gear.

My younger days were spent in talk,
In drinking and in laughter,
And thus I wasted night’s best hours
In day’s worst mornings after.

Too soon so old? Too late so smart?
I would not say it’s so.
Instead I love this later fire
More than I could have known.

So as I watch this youth-adoring
Culture lose its mind,
I know there’s hope because peace hides
In age for them to find.

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About janemwoodman

Singer, writer, restaurant reviewer, urban farmer, devoted lover of my husband....old and getting happier all the time.
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One Response to Old Woman’s Promise

  1. cote8050 says:

    oh my goodness. this is such a wonderful piece or writing!! I love it and it is so very true. I am older now and love my early mornings, I’m up usually before 4:00 and spend hours before work in meditation and writing and walking as soon as it is light enough outside, it is the best time of day but I didn’t know that until I got older… if only the young ones would listen to us, would save so much time 🙂 Thanks for this post, much loved. Michelle

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