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April 21, 2021 This is What 81 Looks Like


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This is What 81 Looks Like

I am 81 years old
       and I eagerly embrace it. 

No more youthful angst,
      no uncertainty, I know
      who I am and I like me.
  
Sure there is joint pain.
      I've earned it with hard work
      and active play over decades.
      With God's blessing I still stand 
      straight and move fluidly. 
      And there is something new, 
      a little stiffness and clumsiness
      to add a chuckle to my days.

No more volunteering,
          I serve my community more subtly now,
          raising funds to provide scholarships
          with other like-minded sisters.

Recently widowed and retired,
          I'm determined to forge a new life.
          Writing will be part of it, family
          and friends are my support
          and cheerleaders.

I choose to live joyfully, optimistically,
enthusiastically, quizzically, and energetically.
          Happy Big Word Day!
                          ~~Judi Van Gorder
  

Prompt:  Explore a specific aspect of your personality, behavior, or identity in a poem.

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On 4/21/2022 at 2:39 PM, Tinker said:

This is What 81 Looks Like

I am 81 years old
       and I eagerly embrace it. 

No more youthful angst,
      no uncertainty, I know
      who I am and I like me.
  
Sure there is joint pain.
      I've earned it with hard work
      and active play over decades.
      With God's blessing I still stand 
      straight and move fluidly. 
      And there is something new, 
      a little stiffness and clumsiness
      to add a chuckle to my days.

No more volunteering,
          I serve my community more subtly now,
          raising funds to provide scholarships
          with other like-minded sisters.

Recently widowed and retired,
          I'm determined to forge a new life.
          Writing will be part of it, family
          and friends are my support
          and cheerleaders.

I choose to live joyfully, optimistically,
enthusiastically, quizzically, and energetically.
          Happy Big Word Day!
                          ~~Judi Van Gorder
  

Prompt:  Explore a specific aspect of your personality, behavior, or identity in a poem.

JOYFUL! Great.

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