One more Day

A lovely poem from my friend Michael. Please visit his blog at afterwards.blog. He’s a man of many talents!

Afterwards

As time draws near and daylight fades and night knocks on my door

To take my hand and lead away to far and distant shore

I know that I shall want one more, and beg that I may stay

to spend with you from waking hours until the end of day

To see you smile and hear your voice and watch you as you sleep

and laugh and love and cry and drink of all you are quite deep

and so to sunset one last time I hold you in my arms

and lovers promises I make and swear I’ll never harm

And in those moments faces lined and eyes still burning bright

I kiss your lips and say farewell and head into the night

without regret without remorse and love without relent

and thank you for your years and love and faith and life well spent

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The voice still speaks.

A wonderful poem on aging by Chris Black. Please comment on the original post. ☺

Same Train, Different Track

As if rinsing the darkness from his hair
Old age appeared to freeze his body

What once was a curly mop top, now scarce
A marathon runner, now learns of walking aids

Engaging you in conversation, he says age is but a number
Appears mine is nearly up?

My hair may be greying, I’ll not allow the grey matter
Follow down that path

Yes I have lots to grumble about, but what is the sense in that?
Energise your mind and body, not search out excuses

Nothing can stop you from growing old
So be brash, be bold

You may have lost your youthful looks
Live the gifts that you have been given

The path you trod is now winding
But think, did you always walk the straight and narrow?

Live for today, celebrate tomorrow.
(c) Chris Black. February 2018.

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Looking Back On Life

The older you get, it comes more often
You realize you’re not as strong
Not as limber as you used to be
And you start wondering how much life is left

You spend more time looking back
Remembering good times and bad
People you influenced and who influenced you
People you loved and people you hated

Your triumphs, your failures
People who hurt you and people you hurt
Losses you’ve suffered… the good that you’ve done
Trips you have taken, places you’ve been

You read about people your age that die
It bothers you but yet you know
There is longevity in your family
Your Mom lived 88 years, 91 for your Dad

You know you’ve had a good life
Death doesn’t scare you
But you worry about your family
How they will deal with losing you

Your worry is pointless because you know
You have many more years of life
So don’t fear the reaper, go rest your head
Whatever will be will be

Que Sera Sera

©Walt Page 2018

And Then It’s Winter

I didn’t write this and I can’t find who the author is. It was sent to me by a friend and since yesterday was the Autumn Equinox and winter is not far behind, I thought you all might enjoy reading it.

You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems
just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all… And I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams… But, here it is.. the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise… How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my babies go? And where did my youth go?

I remember well.. seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like… But, here it is… my friends are retired and really getting gray…they move slower and I see an older person now. Lots are in better shape than me… but, I see the great change… Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant… but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d be.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore…it’s mandatory! Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!!

But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last… this I know, that when it’s over… its over….Yes , I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done ,,,,,things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime….

So, if you’re not in your winter yet…let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don’t put things off too long!!

Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!

You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life… so, live for good today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember… and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!

‘Life is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.’

LIVE IT WELL!!—- ENJOY TODAY!!!!– —DO SOMETHING FUN!!!—- BE HAPPY!!!—-BE THANKFUL!!!!! With God’s help enjoy today cause he will be waiting on your arrival in your appointed winter!!!!! God’s blessings to all the dear friends that have filled my winters with so much happiness and memories.

Only Time

Time is all we have they say
Time to live, to love
To laugh, to play
Don’t ever let time slip away

Enjoy the time you have today
And don’t let anything take it away
Hold your loved ones close each day
For only time can take them away

Only time can bring us together
Only time can keep us apart
Only time will give us the answer
Only time will strengthen a heart

Only time… only time…

Copyright © 2017 Walt Page
All Rights Reserved

An Old Empty Bench

I can see it in my mind…
Just an old empty bench.
The paint had faded
From years in the sun.

Where people had been sitting
The paint had worn off.
People had been sliding over to make room.
Use does that over time.

I wonder how many conversations has it heard?
How many souls have enjoyed its comfort?
How many homeless people have used it as their bed?

What has it seen? What has it felt?
Has it brought comfort? Joy? Rest?
How many photographs has it been in?
How many children have climbed on it?

Perhaps it was a bus stop bench that Forrest Gump once sat on.
Or maybe a bench in the town park.
It could have been a bench overlooking the waves on the ocean.
Possibly a bench in a flower garden.

Whatever it was, it’s empty now, yearning for human contact.
Wanting to be useful, wanting to be shared.

But for now, it’s alone.
Just an old empty bench.

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The Joy Of Reaching Age 73

My wife Susan had to work today on my 73rd birthday, so it has been me, our 10 dogs and our horse, Teaka. It’s been a good day and I haven’t had time to feel alone because I’ve been busy writing and thanking all of the friends that have been wishing me a happy birthday on Facebook.

I’ve been thinking back on all my years. I have known sorrow, loss, grief, pain, darkness and learned how to become stronger. I have survived open heart surgery last year, the long recovery period, and all of the pain, mood swings, impatience, frustrations, medications and lack of energy that comes during the recovery.

However, I survived and I am stronger now. I have known great happiness, great love (and still have that wonderful love), many sunny days and great times and I have known so many wonderful souls in my life.

I am so fortunate to have the love of my wife Susan, my sons Kevin, Jarrod and Nathan, my daughter-in-laws Alyssa and Melanie, my grandsons Cayden and Harrison and all of my family, relatives and friends.

My life has been one helluva ride so far and I am looking forward to the future! The key to successful aging is to pay as little attention to it as possible. To be seventy three years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old. Everyone is the age of their heart and it’s important to have a twinkle in your wrinkle.

You know you’re getting older when all the names in your black book have M.D. after them, but I am fortunate that overall my health is good and my faith is strong. To all my friends and to all of you here, Thank You for being my friends. I am truly blessed.

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