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To Fight Time

It is easy when you're young
to say that you'll accept
the passage of the years
with grace and dignity.
You'll take it in your stride, 
(of course)
the way you wear your youth
with nonchalant pride,
humming through your days
with no more care
than a butterfly.

Reality is something else again,
and though you faithfully navigate
Sephora's aisles
seeking an instant cure,
nothing in a bottle gains you
what you seek.
And though you drill a little deeper
through forums and estheticians' wiles,
at best you stop the clock
for a little while.
Nothing takes you back.

So do you buckle on your armor
and fight this losing war,
or surrender early,
to forever wonder
if you missed
that final chance?

Nourish your needy soul
while you still can,
lest late-night visions
of who you were
creep out in the dark
and devour you.

This was written for The Sunday Whirl.


Susan at West of Mars said...

Crappity crap, woman. You're in my head again. How do you do this?

November 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Jae Rose said...

To quote Uncle Bill..in order to feel 18 you have to be 18..can no longer cut the mustard old man..ah, but getting older in some ways is good..it's a fight worth fighting..

November 10, 2013 at 2:23 PM
Sabra Bowers said...

So much truth in your wordle. Great job!

November 10, 2013 at 5:04 PM
Old Egg said...

It is very important to embrace every age as you reach it. Turning back the clock is not an option and often makes you look ridiculous. I have always found there is a lot of be fun of being who are, when you are. Ruing the past is a losing option as there is so much there is still to do. Wise advice Ann.

November 10, 2013 at 5:14 PM
humbird said...

I like to 'stop the clock
for a little while.'..we can do it, when we happy...Yes to nourishing our soul...it's up to us...and forgive who you were, it's just past. Sincere write.

November 10, 2013 at 6:01 PM
Anonymous said...

yes, the attitude changes much when the time actually arrives... well done

November 10, 2013 at 9:00 PM
Alice Audrey said...

So far I have yet to regret leaving who I was behind. Who I could have been does occasionally give me fits, though.

November 11, 2013 at 5:48 PM

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