Aging in My World

I choose life with mystery. Space.
Question marks, exclamations, ellipses
not brackets or parentheses.

Certainty directs,
connects dots by numbers
like choreographed dance steps.

Give me ad lib, jazz scat
one man band with knees that bang.
Meander, run, or tra-la-la.

Tap shoes. Not silly silk slippers.
Too much between Point A and B
to follow a tutu pink linear path.

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Photo Credit: Shirley B. ย Posted to Poetry Pantry on Poets United.
Thanks, Bjorn, for the introduction!

 

35 thoughts on “Aging in My World

  1. Sanaa Rizvi March 20, 2016 / 9:49 am

    Certainty directs,
    connects dots by numbers
    like choreographed dance steps.

    Such gorgeous lines ๐Ÿ™‚
    Beautifully penned.

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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    • lillian March 20, 2016 / 12:27 pm

      Smiling I am to see your reply this beautiful Sunday!

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  2. Magaly Guerrero March 20, 2016 / 10:01 am

    Some poems are born to dance to, and to live by… I believe in living by your first stanza. And in dancing, too… I certainly believe in dancing. โ™ฅ

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    • lillian March 20, 2016 / 12:28 pm

      I’m an old tap dancer from way back when! ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad you liked this one!

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  3. Kerry O'Connor March 20, 2016 / 10:45 am

    Such a creative approach to writing. i enjoyed your upbeat treatment of the theme.

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    • lillian March 20, 2016 / 12:28 pm

      ah…happy to read your reply here! Thank you!

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    • lillian March 20, 2016 / 12:29 pm

      Exactly! And I have reverted to stomping through puddles to make a splash ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Sherry Blue sky March 20, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    So nice that you wandered into the Pantry! You had me with your opening line. Smiles. Great photo too.

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    • lillian March 20, 2016 / 12:29 pm

      Thanks, Sherry. Seems like a nice place with good folks. I’ll be back!

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  5. scotthastiepoet March 20, 2016 / 12:40 pm

    Hi Lillian, my first time here, I think and I like the liveliness of spirit on well crafted display here – I’ll be back for more too… With Best Wishes Scott http://www.scotthastie.com

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    • lillian March 20, 2016 / 1:18 pm

      We’ll be newbies together! Glad you liked it.

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    • lillian March 20, 2016 / 1:19 pm

      Oh my…..smiling I am…..thank you!

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    • lillian March 20, 2016 / 3:41 pm

      Love to dance and love music — I’ll sway through life any day! ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you liked it!

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  6. Victoria C. Slotto March 20, 2016 / 3:07 pm

    This is absolutely “delicious,” makes me happy and wanting to dance! That’s just how to do it and the secret of (not) aging.

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    • lillian March 20, 2016 / 3:41 pm

      Thank you, Victoria! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. ZQ March 20, 2016 / 5:09 pm

    Your juxtaposition of certainty and mystery… made an excellent point “aging”
    ZQ

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    • lillian March 21, 2016 / 6:32 am

      hmmmmm …. for the Brits out there, the title could also be Ageing. I am in Bermuda for one more week – a British territory. Perhaps I should have used the Brit spelling? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Mary March 20, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    Oh, this is a wonderful way to ‘age,’ Lilian! Your first verse says it all…life with mystery and all the rest! I agree – tap shoes, not silly pink slippers. Or how about Converse or Birkenstocks? (smiles) We do have to keep dancing as long as we can – or running in our Converse (ha) or hiking in Birks!

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    • lillian March 21, 2016 / 6:35 am

      Hiking in our Birks most definitely! We’ve put so many miles on our feet these two months in Bermuda. They have an Old Railway Trail — now hiking trails — with beautiful seascapes, remains of old buildings. Couple that with the idea that Bermuda was long a protectorate — and had over 90 forts. A few are now museums — many are in ruins or just have portions of them left. Fascinating place to explore — open spaces to find! So glad you liked this one!

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  9. Walt Wojtanik March 20, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    Love the musicality of this piece, Lillian. And we should all age with such bombast and flair! Crash the cymbals, bang the drums and dance to your beat! Love it!

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    • lillian March 21, 2016 / 6:36 am

      Happy to see your ribald response here! Dance on!!!

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  10. magicalmysticalteacher March 20, 2016 / 7:00 pm

    Unlike you, I think life with mystery chose me!

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    • lillian March 21, 2016 / 6:36 am

      Either way………the mysterious and unknown provide such interest to life! Here’s to a lifetime of discovery!

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  11. C.C. March 20, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    So much celebration embedded within your words…..fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • lillian March 21, 2016 / 6:37 am

      Thanks! So glad you liked it. Yep — I choose to celebrate life!

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  12. oldegg March 21, 2016 / 5:05 am

    I hate aging, I want to go back. Not that I didn’t try everything I could but I could have done more.
    What a great feel this piece of poetry has.

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    • lillian March 21, 2016 / 6:44 am

      Ah……to do some “new things” — that’s the deal. I decided when I “retired” to “rejuvenate” instead. I’m in my period of rejuvenatement. So — one thing I’d always wanted to do was write poetry. I enjoyed teaching it many many many years ago when I taught 10th grade English. So why not carve out a bit of my day each morning first thing, over my 2 cups of early moring coffee, and journal into poetry? I’d always wanted to keep a journal too. So, I did! That’s the beauty of rejuvenaqtement — there’s so much open space and time. Gave up high heels ad choose funky shoes too ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a firm believer in having fun with life! And, having had a life/death medical situation with my spouse in 2013, it changes perspective. Thankful for every day! Ah….now here you have me pontificating! Anyway….so glad you liked this one. It was fun to write….and the old English grammarian came out in the first stanza! Don’t “bracket” me in ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack March 21, 2016 / 6:57 am

    Ah, good morning Lillian
    What uplifting and joyous words for a Monday morning. I leave it to you to speak of tap dancing while nursing a foot (which by the way I hope is mended);)
    am:)
    as I write this, my darling daughter is on her way to the Bahamas – geez, graduation presents sure have changed – I think I got a new Webster’s;)

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    • lillian March 21, 2016 / 7:18 am

      Chuckling I am! JUST sent you a long email complete with pics!

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  14. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) March 21, 2016 / 7:34 am

    Oh yes, absolutely right! I choose that too.

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