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Staying Forever Young.

Updated on May 2, 2010

Never forget to play

it is the greatest

therapy of all.


Live and love

vicariously through

your children

and grandchildren.


There is a tulip somewhere

with your noses name on it.


A swing that's still wide enough

for your rump to romp on.


When's the last time you

skipped stones across the water,

Lose some of the weight you bear

in a flat arc and a half dozen bounces

over a sparkling lake.


Go barefoot in some

warm spring puddles,

reconnect to the earth

sans the shoes.


Jump on a bicycle and

pedal yourself to that sweet rush

of wind in your hair, and the

giddy swerves of two wheels

down a winding hill.


Have a bowl of

Captain Crunch,

It has no roughage but

isn't your current

age rough enough.


You can always go back

to the oats and almonds

and flaxseeds tomorrow.


Taste a wee bit

of yesterday

and remember

just how good it was.


Launch a kite and

let it carry you

into the distant airstreams

far above the

stench of Ben Gay.


Just you and a colorful

paper note to God

thanking him for all

the beautiful blue

that makes your kite

stand out so vividly

even at it's greatest hieghts.


Buy a pogo stick

and see if you

can hop 100 times,

then reward yourself with

a popsicle in the

shade of a tree.


When we were kids

we always wanted

to grow up so that

we could do anything

we wanted,

so what's holding you back

from being a kid again

with a free pass

to lotsa fun?


I bought a slip and slide

last Summer and then

added another one

to it to accomodate

my extra length.


There is a lot to be said

for sliding head first

down a vinyl carpet

stretched over soft grass

in a splash of cold

invigorating water.


Of course I was sore

the next morn, but

that never diminished

the memories

I rediscovered

in a headlong rush

back to my heydays.


Crack open

several pixie sticks

and savor the sugary melt

of some grape, cherry

and orange tang

tantalizing your

long deprived

taste buds.


Find some

kind of old

fashioned wonder

in the world

and wallow in it.

Pamper yourself

in something

besides disposable diapers.


Depends will come

soon enough,

we all regress

to that part of

our childhood eventually.


Every day there are

new wonders to enjoy.


Laugh often and loudly

for it contagious and

the world is sorely

lacking for laughter.


Keep the little girl/boy

inside you happy,

let them come out and

dance across your face.


Re-explore innocence

and savor its sweet taste.


We grow old too fast,

chasing adult dreams

and forgetting the simplicity

of childhood dreams.


I have feeling that

heaven is chock full of

little kids who used

to be old, and all

day they delight

in their newfound

innocence, and play

endlessly beneath

the glorious Sun of God.


But there's a

whole lot of heaven

we left behind long ago

right here on earth.


Take a day just to play,

every once in a while

and don't go back

in the house till the

streetlights come on.


Or just sleep out

in the backyard in

a makeshift tent

with some snacky cakes

and a cold pop.


The dawn will never look

as bright as when you awaken

in one of the highlights

of your youth.


~~~~~~~~~~~©-MFB III


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    • compu-smart profile image


      8 years ago from London UK

      If only we all could take the time to do so!

    • Debarshi Dutta profile image

      Debarshi Dutta 

      8 years ago from Calcutta

      You are most amazing!

      And you are quite underrated..I have never read poems which express with such unbelievable clarity these lucid images you conjure in your words.You are truly gifted for having such keenness of perception and acuity of memory in the first instance and then the amazing gift of linguistic expression in the second instance.

      Well, your mind and imagination never leaves the stratospheric heights it has achieved and we are the beneficiary.

      I must say Sir, you are a Specimen quite rare and must be studied.

    • Frieda Babbley profile image

      Frieda Babbley 

      8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      How absolutely lovely. I agree with Deborah, "what a wonderful reminder to embrace our youth". Thanks for posting this wonderful poem.

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Great thoughts here MFB. God bless Brother!

    • SummerSteward profile image


      8 years ago from Duluth MN

      Thanks for sharing this MFB! It's like Deborah said, a great reminder to embrace our youth and take pleaure in little things. It was so simple then.. Cheers and blessings to you!!

    • Deborah Demander profile image

      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      What a wonderful reminder to embrace our youth. I enjoy life now, more than ever before.

      Namaste friend.


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