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April 14 - Coming of Age


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Coming of Age

I know you are expecting
an image of youthful
transition projecting
into enlightened adulthood.
But that is long past for me.
I'm more familiar with
the more currently
official cross over
from aging to very OLD.
You think you know,
heard jokes, have been told,
and observed your elders,
but no warning can prepare
you for the perpetual ache
in your joints, thinning hair,
the short-term forgetfulness,
recalling things long past,
and an ever-increasing awareness
that the future is no longer vast.
                             ~~Judi Van Gorder

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