As someone who is moving into the outer fringes of what we may reasonably call “old age” – I will be 70 on 5 April 2019 – I have already learned some valuable lessons, all of which will apply to some and some of which will apply to all. For whatever it may be worth, the following is what I have learned so far. Pick and choose the lessons that are relevant to you.
o Old age need not advance gradually
With me, I began to move into the exurbs of old age in a single week, perhaps even a briefer time than that.
In late August of 2012, I was returning from a 3-week trip to Wichita, KS, to see relatives, what few I have left in my family of origin. I was jammed into the back seat, just forward of the tailcone, of a small Embraer jet on a flight to Denver to make connections
Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul … and you answer.” Terri Guillemets
In solidarity with all women and their children I offer four of my “women poems” written and published on The Poet by Day and elsewhere between 2011 and 2017
HER POWER LEAPS
returned to bite through the umbilical of tradition,to flick her tongueand cut loose the animus-god of our parents,like a panther she roams the earth, she is eve wild in the night,freeing minds from hard shellsand hearts from the confines of their cages,she’s entwined in the woodlands of our psychesand offers her silken locks to the sacred forests of our souls ~naked but for her righteousness,she stands in primal light,in the untrammeled river of dreamsthe yin to balance yangthe cup of peace to
I have been sick. I'm ready to stand up and yell and be happy again! Except then I will be in a paroxysm of coughing. So, the yelling in my typing is because I have the actual energy of a gnat. Also, I just discovered the drop cap setting. Is that too annoying? We'll see. Among other things, I have also figured out how to streamline this website and simplify it. So welcome to our new look. Do let me know if you find it too plain. I will then blame the web developers of the theme I chose, but what evs.
Anyway, preaching, super glad that I wasn't booked last week to preach. I wouldn't have been able to do it. But as I regained my health and did my art & haiku practice, I tried to watercolor paint an iris for the first time using a tutorial by @dearannart on Instagram. I wasn't thr...