HOW WILL I KNOW...by b. Malin

Me, Self Portrait...after a three hour walk on the beach.
Me, Self Portrait...after a three hour walk on the beach.

JUST ME AND MY MAC...AND THOUGHTS

How will i know when I'm old?

When I can no longer walk for miles on the beach...

When the sparkle for life leaves my eyes.

And Sunsets don't matter anymore...

And Life seems more like a chore...or a bore.

And I stop wishing when I see a shooting Star.

Or believing that most people are good...

And that my husband and I will be together, until the very end.

How will I know when I'm old?

When men no longer give me that look...

It shouldn't matter, but it does.

How will I know when I'm old?

I guess when someone refers to me that way.

It shouldn't matter, but it does.

And my children no longer think I'm hot.

And my grandchildren ignore me...

And my husband stops making love to me...

I could become that eccentric lady and grow my hair long.

While sitting in the window, playing my favorite song...

And writing my Prose and Poetry all day long.

How will I know when I'm old?

I hope that I'll be too busy to notice.

Or that it really won't matter anymore.



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dianeaugust 5 years ago from Tennessee

This is what I love so much about your writing--you just sit down and there it is--always true--always awesome--and NEVER OLD! DA


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Jaggedfrost 5 years ago

hmm that would be a sad day, but a truly beautiful soul like yours never really gets there.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Thanks Dianeaugust, Its funny how are thoughts just come to us...this one came to me yesterday and I knew I had to write about it. So glad you stopped by and enjoyed.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

From your voice to God's ears...thanks Jaggedfrost...however, I do intent to fight old age every step of the way, Thanks for reading.


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

That is absolutely wonderful!!! It shows such a zest and love for life! I printed this one to hang on my refrigerator with my new fairy magnets!! I really needed to read this this week, Thanks so much for writing it.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Erin, I feel humbled and blessed for what you have said to me...As writers we know how to express...But when it's total understood by another writer, that's really what it's all about. Thank you.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

You will never know because you will always feel like you did when you were younger. Age is a state of mind.

Voted up and beautiful.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

No truer words were ever spoken Breakfastpop...and that's how I want to be...Dancing in the street at 90...because I can! Thanks for your kind comments.


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Genesis 5 years ago from Canada

I enjoyed reading every line! Thank you b. Malin.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

I'm so glad that you stopped by Genesis, and thanks for enjoying!


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

B,just stopped by again to say...you were the first face I saw this morning. And I've been having some hard days. Read your writing and looked at your face and smiled - even laughed a little - then made myself some chocolate milk and some oatmeal raisin cookies for breakfast. I felt better for a while :) Thanks again :)


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Well it's nice to know that I could make you laugh and smile...I understand what you are saying about having hard days...write about them...get it out of your system...You my friend are a writer, with a deep soul...use your "gift" to get you out of the funk...it helps. LOL.


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Pixienot 5 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

B I'm sure in real time we would be very good friends.

I don't mind getting older, I mind "feeling" older. And that is only when I am not feeling well (aside from the FM)

In my head I am young (ish).

Beautiful poem


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Pixienot, I'd like to think that we are friends...Hub friends...we care about one another. I guess the mind is always going and thinking...and getting older is inevitable, and I know it. I wouldn't want to be any younger then I am...I just want to be happy and healthy and expressing my thoughts.


Cheryl Kapelner-Champ 5 years ago

Love it* !

Mother Lightning

of [thepeacegarden.blogspot.com]


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

It was kind of fun to do Cheryl...I'd taken the picture, and then the words just seemed to fall into place... You certainly know me, as we do go way back to those days. Thanks for loving it!


AMF 5 years ago

This is really great! I love how you can just feel the moment and let it flow. Nice to see the poetry as well as the prose. And yes, we still think you are quite 'hot' ! :-D


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Thank you AMF for all your wonderful thoughts and comments...especially the "Hot" one. LOL.


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epigramman 5 years ago

......you are already there my friend ......we just all wish we were there with you ......


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richtwf 5 years ago

We are old as we feel but I know what you mean my friend; and getting old is all relative!

I think about ageing gracefully, and with dignity and not thinking about knowing when I will be old! If I do then I will grow older quickly just thinking about it! So instead I just keep my mind and body busy and it seems to do the trick!

One last thought:

'We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!' Benjamin Franklin

Keep playing in mind and body;

keep writing prose and poetry

and it will help you keep at bay

that darn increasing seniority!

God bless you my friend!


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Thanks Epigramman...I think?...so I'm already there?... But Fighting it every step of the way, and loving it!


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Rich, loved the quote by Benjamin Franklin, and never more truer then today...Thanks for taking the time to leave such wonderful comments, straight from your mind, and heart.

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