When our lives are at their heights,
cyclone days and strung out nights

seem to be what is expected,
each possibility inspected—
participating fully in
obligations, jobs and sin.
Copying the rush of life,
living through its joys and strife,
acting out life’s pantomime
at super speed and double time.

After rushing here and hurrying there,
experiencing everywhere,
at last most of us come to rest
in the place we want to nest.
We fall into the comfort of
a place that fits us like a glove.
Feeling ill-at-ease at first,
we fear that we have done the worst.
Moving less surely and less fast,
we fill the role in which we’re cast.

Seeing options, making choices,
heeding inner wiser voices,
shedding tasks and taking time
to contemplate the great sublime.
Doing what we most want to do—
pastimes old, compulsions new.
Each cycle has its own rewards.
Escaping all the busy hordes
and having no big loads to shoulder
are the perks of getting older!


Word prompts today are cyclone, pantomime, participate and copy. Here are their links:

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About lifelessons

My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

7 thoughts on “Coasting

  1. macalder02

    When autumn hits the door, we have no choice but to change the way we live. The body tells us that the races are over. Calmness in the soul is good for us. A beautiful poem to reflect our age. I loved it. Happy weekend.

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  2. Noreen

    This poem is so poignant, and true – aging is never easy, but we are blessed to be in this space and place at this time of our lives! Thanks for reminding us!

    Liked by 1 person


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