A Poem in Celebration of
A Life of Experience
This is my poem in celebration of a life of experience.
This is my poem to say out loud that
I am glad for the opportunities afforded me
The family role models provided to me
The successes I have achieved
The family I have built
And the experiences I have had.
This poem is for Kristi, Corbin, and Dante
My wife and two sons
Whom provide purpose and meaning to my life
Married young, we struggled to make sense of the world
But what we created made it worthwhile
As our sons’ personalities emerge
Like butterflies escaping cocoons
I know that our legacy will continue.
This poem is for my dad James
And his father before him
Their personal and professional successes
Serve as examples to me throughout life
My grandfather’s beginnings, poor in NYC
Yet he became a judge on the NY Supreme Court.
James a professional of a different type
Climbed the ladder in engineering
To become senior vice president of his company.
This poem is for Donald
My other grandfather who’s light
Was recently extinguished
An entrepreneur and adventurer
His life was never dull
From racing cars to owning two companies
I admired him so
Hard to accept was his end
A mind so strong, had withered and collapsed
Until little was left of the man I revered.
This poem is against fear, anxiety, and regret
Wasted emotions that impede.
This poem is to say
That regardless of your choices
Embrace the experiences afforded you
Use what you have
But never feel limited by it
Life is in the moment
If you don’t enjoy the ride
You are already dead.
Enrichment I constantly sought
I traveled often, even briefly living in Germany
I took pilots lessons
Studied philosophy, politics, religion
But the most challenging of all
Were experiences I couldn’t control
At 16, my family moved over 1,000 miles
Making me feel like an alien on another world
In a new high school far from the familiar
I learned the most important skill of all:
Understand. I know exactly what I got:
Taught me something new
All would be drastically different
And I am grateful.
I will not accept mediocrity
I will not allow myself to regret
I have seen a great deal
Yet I am far from done
And I intend to enjoy every minute of it.
- Toasts & Celebrations by The Editors
Poems to celebrate successes, salute loved ones, and offer thanks for life’s blessings, big and small.
© 2014 Eric Niehoff