No Expiry Date

Such a gift is youth – silvers stars and bows, jingle-jangle wishes… Seldom opened – shame and insecurity casting doubt, despair Shall we try again, age and wisdom steeped in appreciation. (Written for Willow Poetry’s What Do You See Challenge, the prompt being the featured image.)  

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Aged

Even in the waning times – memories of youth fading – there are traces of a personality, hints of the contours of a life well-sculpted, having weathered all that the years dared challenge.

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Tree Wisdom

Rooted in the earth, ever reaching for the sky – speaking nature’s truth.

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In Darkness, Wisdom

Light fades, as do I – with age comes redundancy, moving with shadows, safety in darkness – wisdom in obscurity.

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Call It Wisdom

Get back to work! Bravado punches, but my pick up is shelved – would love to wheel out of here and take flight – and interview skills are ungrounded, fear I will let fly unfiltered gibberish. Go for it! Boisterousness cajoles – but boldness is dangerous, and pushy only puts up walls; shifting gears might […]

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Distinguishing Past from Present

My father had a habit of tilting his glass in such a way as to indicate that it needed refilling.  He would perform this ritual without saying a word, but the accompanying look would speak volumes:  I am the Master here, and you are to do my bidding. I hated it, and I fought against […]

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On Wisdom

The difference between knowledge and wisdom is experience. A young man once asked me if he could shadow me for a summer, so that he could learn from me.  I asked him to tell me about his life. “It’s good,”  he replied. “Tell me about a hardship that you have overcome.” “None that I can […]

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