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On Middle Age

Freedom comes with loneliness.
Iíve tasted all of the lies and the myriad
moments of yearning.
The truth is,
Aging is a cruel joke of the Divine.
The comfort?
In my forgiveness, there is nothing that will not be forgiven me, by Him.
(Iím forced to trade in my bikini for a mantle of WISDOM)
So nibble away, years.
Iíll nibble at the table scraps
that once were cakes and pies.
And perhaps one morsel yet will fill me
and resemble an ťclair.
Better to hold cannonball questions always
and not some banal banner of bitterness.
Meanwhile, I will continue to deny
the whirlwind that quietly wages
mendacious war.

Elizabeth Maksymiuk

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The following comments are for "On Middle Age"
by emaks

Elizabeth..Middle age.
A nice poem. I know I am heading for it.I liked the line that "Freedom comes with loneliness." How true! nice write.

Keep writing.


( Posted by: G.S.VASUKUMAR [Member] On: April 26, 2006 )

middle age
Too true! I liked this , very interesting. bonnie

( Posted by: bonrudo47 [Member] On: April 26, 2006 )

As a great poet wrote "Do not go gently into that night"

Nearing 50 I can honestly say I've earned my pot belly, bad knee, torn up ankle, swollen shoulder, but no miracle in a bottle could help all that. Oh, I forgot, there is Scotch least my insides are still functioning for now.

Good poem, a nice flow, easy to read and has meaning for all.


( Posted by: BWOz [Member] On: April 26, 2006 )

I gave up fighting years ago and decided to grow old gracefully...I will not go under the knife for anything cosmetic...and I'll continue put the hot rice pads on my hips and knees...I'm keeping everything I can right here with me...since I intend to live to be 120 ...I guess I'm considered middle aged ...I'm not over the hill yet...I haven't even reached the top ...Good poem...Kacee

( Posted by: Nitz Kitty [Member] On: April 27, 2006 )

MIddle age -GSVK, BW, Bonnie, Kacee, Lucie
Middle age has it's up side. I'm smarter than I used to be, or at least not as gullible.
Actually, I don't mind it, but with a twenty year old daughter, there are considerations to make that I had never given a lot of thought to before. I was used to being the one who turned heads. LOL
(I haven't really traded in my bikini. I just have to work harder to be able to wear it. If I could trade it in for wisdom, I would...)
I agree with both BW and Kacee- Our battle scars are well earned, and I wouldn't change a thing. Although there are some moments I might like to relive, I wouldn't want to go back and do it all again!

Lucie, to me freedom has come with loneliness. I have to answer to no one, yet that comes with the inevitable reverse, that no one has to answer to me either- but a little lonliness is not necessarily a bad thing.
(BTW I only have about another month in my forties! Then again, the say 50 is the new 40!)

Thanks to you all for reading and commenting-

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: April 27, 2006 )

Grow Old Along Me...or NOT!
Hi Elizabeth...from my vantage're still an adolescent...presumably with hair, teeth, knees (not surgicaly tampered with) able to open jars on your to navigate on your own two feet and your chest still in an upright position!

Enjoy it while it lasts! Although you're heading toward the half century mark...50 is a hell of a lot better than the dreaded 80...which at 78, is looming in the distance for me!

Do what I do...Ignore it and maybe one of these just don't give a damn!


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: April 28, 2006 )

Old, wise and Wonderful

I have always felt sorry for you old people on Lit but feel there must be some advantages to advancing years. I mean it has given you the ability to write poetry from your heart and experience that I have not yet achieved!

When I grow up I couldn't wish to be as wise or artistically talented as those showing the lines of wisdom in their every feature. I know Bea shares my sentiments and we are both truly greatful for this ray of hope you have given us!......


( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: April 28, 2006 )

Bea, Ivor, - Middle Age
How nice to see the two of you show up here!
Bea, your words are so true, and so wise. You are obviously beyond MY middle age! My parents are in their early 80's. I garner so much strength from them. Thay have given me a bank full of good things and I feel blessed that they are still very healthy.
Miss Bea, You are an inspiration. I may not be a spring chicken, but I know I am not quite ready for the "farm". I wish you many more years of health and hope you share some more of your excellant self with me!
Ivor! Always a pleasure to see you!. This doesn't rhyme, and so didn't expect to see you!
I watched the Emmy's on TV tonight. Big Bird got a life-time achievement award. (Do you know Big Bird in the UK?) Anyway, the man who is BB said he is 72, and gets to be a 6 year-old everyday, and because of it, life is wonderful! Made me think of you! I am glad to always take part of you with me, that part that always remembers to have fun!
thanks to you both for reading and commenting-
Thanks to you both, period!

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: April 29, 2006 )

Middle Age
I like this. Since I am in my forties I cant do what I did in my twenties nor do I want too.
I have found I like right where I am. Thanks for this.

( Posted by: wanda [Member] On: October 28, 2006 )

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