Tag Archives: Aging

In These Days

In these days of calm life winnowed down to what we really need, we sculpt our time, removing what doesn’t fit, discarding the bits of stone we tried three times to persuade it should stick, sometimes returning to the pieces … Continue reading

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Irrelevance

It’s not the journals you stopped reading. No, nor the teaching you gave up. It isn’t that you stopped singing solos in that low soprano some people loved. Neither is it because you stopped sending cards on Christmasses. It isn’t … Continue reading

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Irony

Even with the best teacher I took decades to unlearn How not to love myself. Now, with this fat belly This grey hair These weak hands Joints quivering at the mere thought Of descending morning stairs… Now my beauty flares … Continue reading

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Peace of Aging

Fight aging? No, I don’t believe I will. I don’t quite understand this “over the hill,” But in these sixty-odd years I have learned Some useful things as I’ve watched this world turn. I once believed if I got enough … Continue reading

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Hold On

Hold on now. Slide low and slow, Still as winter draperies Into the quiet years, Where meditation Heals it all. Not for us Now we’ve learned The running after cures That cure nothing Leaves no breath For singing. Simple songs, … Continue reading

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Time and Touch

I had a body once Yes, this one here Whose edges are transparent Whose center doesn’t hold. I failed to love it then While it was solid While it loved me And did all I asked. Now only you find … Continue reading

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Complaint

You’ve taken so much from me: the ability to wish hair-trigger responses wee-hour thoughtfulness hyperacute senses the habit of hopelessness. All I have left is this: everything I might have wished for peace and understanding of my world deep, restful … Continue reading

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First Times (sonnet)

So many precious first times I recall That no one moment overshadows all; The first electric touch of your warm hand, The swift connection neither of us planned. We gave each other everything we had So early our behavior seemed … Continue reading

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Daisy’s Tanka

Her ears brown silk flags eyes deep as a woodland lake Autumn-colored dog– We meet here in our old age asking strength of each other.

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Darkened Sky

Heavy sky presses down to guide us into the new season that time past fruitfulness past the work and play of Summer where we find ways to blend the old with the new the lesson with the words Last leaves … Continue reading

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