After Many Anniversaries

I have no need for mirrors
or overly affective words.
Aging is reality.
I need not be reminded
of it stealing time
elasticity and
dew-fresh skin.

But you, my love,
wrap me as if in gold,
caress my heart.
You hold my hand
and walk with me,
as if we are young love
now as then.


Wrapping up our dVerse 7th anniversary week, Frank asks us to write a septet. It can be a single 7-line stanza or a poem with two or more 7-line stanzas. Image is one of my favorite Gustav Klimt works, The Kiss (from Wikipedia Commons).Β 

57 thoughts on “After Many Anniversaries

  1. Adda July 19, 2018 / 3:50 pm

    You are young lovers forever! πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • lillian July 19, 2018 / 3:58 pm

      You are so so sweet with your comment! πŸ™‚ Yes – we are enjoying our rejuvenatment stage of life together (never say retirement)! πŸ™‚


  2. Grace July 19, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    Sweet and I love that actions speak louder than words after many anniversaries. I imagine that everyday is an affirmation of that love. Cheers!!!

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    • lillian July 19, 2018 / 3:58 pm

      Thankful for every day! πŸ™‚


  3. Glenn Buttkus July 19, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    Dear Lil–yes we started with similar introspective muses, looking down at our aging hands and crepey skin–but wow, I like where you ended up. I’d like to think that in one more stanza my spouse would have appeared and brightened the words.

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    • lillian July 19, 2018 / 4:16 pm

      I am absolutely certain she would have! And you nailed it for me….the one thing I HATE about getting this old is creepy skin. I used to look at my mother’s and vow I’d never look like that. But lately, I’ve just said screw it and I wear a sleeveless dress when I go out anyway! πŸ™‚ I’ve earned it πŸ™‚

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    • lillian July 20, 2018 / 7:29 am

      hmmmm….rather than blind, perhaps it is able to see the true self…see more deeply within?

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      • georgeplace2013 July 20, 2018 / 8:12 am

        Blind as in turn a blind eye or able to see the true self – whichever I’m thankful for it.


  4. rothpoetry July 19, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    You are a very luck woman to have such a than and now relationship. Well done!!

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  5. V.J. Knutson July 19, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    What a lovely sentiment – to have it both ways – no longer self-conscious, and still treasured.

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    • lillian July 20, 2018 / 7:30 am

      Thankful for every day….and yes, I think that is the essence of unconditional love…to always treasure!

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  6. mhmp77 July 19, 2018 / 9:51 pm


    as if we are young love
    now as then.

    How nice, Lillian to delve into those good young days! Makes one feel young again!


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    • lillian July 20, 2018 / 7:31 am

      There is youth in unconditional and lasting love πŸ™‚


  7. Truedessa July 19, 2018 / 11:13 pm

    I don’t think anyone is too old to hold hands, it’s endearing and heartfelt.

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  8. kim881 July 20, 2018 / 1:56 am

    A wonderful poem, Lil, and you’ve illustrated it with one of my favourite works of art. Hold on to those hands!

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    • lillian July 22, 2018 / 7:27 am

      Thankful for every day!
      Always happy to hand out smiles πŸ™‚


    • Sara McNulty July 20, 2018 / 3:14 pm

      What a lovely feeling to be wrapped in gold. Love the image you posted!


  9. navasolanature July 20, 2018 / 5:05 pm

    What a beautiful and wise poem. I love the agelessness of love in your second verse, it really turns the poem into a great one. Love that painting too.

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    • lillian July 22, 2018 / 7:28 am

      What a wonderful comment to read this morning. Thank you so much!
      Thankful for every day with the love of my life!

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    • lillian July 22, 2018 / 7:29 am

      Thank you, Lona. So glad you liked it. Tis wonderful to be wrapped in love!

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      • Lona Gynt July 22, 2018 / 9:31 am

        Lillian! Help! You gave such a thoughtful and important response to my epistemology septet, and in moderating or replying, my fat thumb did something that made it disappear and I can’t get it back. Could you copy and paste and send it again if possible? I think the museums and aspects you mentioned were important avenue to bringing a little reconciliation to our brutal truths. Hate to be a bother, only if you can. Thanks 😊

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      • lillian July 22, 2018 / 9:32 am

        Heading to church and cooking for church camp after. Will do this afternoon😊

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      • Lona Gynt July 22, 2018 / 9:34 am

        Oh, never mind, it just came through (whew). I am such a techless wonder πŸ˜‰. Enjoy church


  10. Jay July 22, 2018 / 6:36 am

    Beautiful poem. Love knows no age – One more reason to stay in this earth, years after years.

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    • lillian July 22, 2018 / 7:30 am

      Amen to that, Jay! Thankful for every day. πŸ™‚


  11. Waltermarks July 22, 2018 / 7:28 am

    You have captured the exsence of a love that stands the test of time. I like the pic, it goes well with the verse

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  12. nosaintaugustine July 22, 2018 / 10:01 am

    Your words capture the vulnerability within the idealized, protective love of this incredible painting.


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