#stayingyoung

UNLEASH THE CHILD WITHIN

 

We were in line to enter an RV show in Tampa 

when I suddenly became aware

that of all those standing in line with us…

we were the youngest ones there.

 

But as the line slowly moved ahead 

and I watched people file in through the doors…

everyone seemed a little younger 

than they were a few minutes before.

 

Smiles lit up their faces…

they strutted with a new rhythm and beat

They seemed to have a little more energy…

and walked a little lighter on their feet.

 

And we felt too…

 

Flitting from camper to camper 

on our mission to research and explore

we felt less like 65 year olds…

and more like kids in a candy store.

 

Everywhere we turned there were campers…

campers of every variety and type

and all around us was music and singing…

why they even had Scottish bagpipes!

 

The three of us in our group ran from one camper to the next…

we knew pacing ourselves was the key…

even though we saw so many campers…

there were so many more to see.

 

We stopped for lunch to eat some corn dogs

each displaying our own corn dog eating technique

and just like when we were children…

a little mustard remained on our cheeks.

 

We spotted a new vintage camper 

and for a moment time seemed to move slow

as we sat inside her in silence…

imagining the places we’d go.

 

As I watched the three of us walking to our car…

I had to smile for I had no doubt

that no matter how much older we grow every day…

there’s a child inside us who's itching to get out…

 

And I thought perhaps we should let them out more often

let them loose…take them out for a spin…

and I wondered how much younger we’d all be

 

If we unleashed more often…our child within.


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A POEM ABOUT SUNGLASSES

Every stage of life is distinctive…from birth until we’re grown

Each one carries with it a beauty all its own…

 

But getting older is something special…

it’s like your life is one continuous song

and all the ages you’ve ever been…

are in the chorus…and sing along.

 

You know you’re getting older…the proof is written on your face

But then something unexpected happens that makes the years erase…

 

And youth begins to sing out loud…and you smile for you know

you are as young in that one moment…as you were, once, long ago…

 

A pair of sunglasses found in the park, left behind by a girl at play

I put them on..I sat in a swing…and the years just slipped away…

 

I found myself in a different time…I’m not sure where or when…

A time I was a child…on the playground once again…

 

I left her sunglasses in the park and as we walked away

I noticed another man put them on…then he, too, began to play.

 

I’m glad I happened on those sunglasses…I will always be in their debt

for reminding me no matter how old I am…there’a a lot of youth left in me yet!

 

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ON THE BACKHOE OF YOUTH

She climbed into the cab of a backhoe…you wouldn’t know she was 64.

Because there are times and places and moments…

age doesn’t matter anymore.

 

She has a friend, she’s had forever, who’s off in Switzerland…on a cruise.

Who seemed to get just as excited…over a pair of vegan shoes.

 

Still another friend they’ve shared since the time they all were three…

gets that same expression every time she hugs a tree.

 

As I watched her yesterday…I was immediately stung…

by how our bodies may get older…but it’s our hearts that keep us young…

 

And I made this revelation …that for all…should be foretold:

If you can stay excited over little things…you never will grow old!

 

If walking on a starlit night sometimes make you cry.

If you can stop whatever your doing…just to watch a butterfly.

 

If you still skip stones whenever you come across a river or a lake.

If you stick out your tongue in winter…to catch a cascading snowflake.

 

If the aroma of chocolate chip cookies makes you want to linger for awhile…

If listening to a chorus of birds…can still cause you to smile…

 

Perhaps we are like those trees her friend hugs…

our outside ages…yet deceives…

For inside we are constantly renewing…

and everyday we grow new leaves…

 

New leaves that get excited over backhoes…

over vegan shoes and hugging trees…

New leaves that will keep us forever young

 

until there’s nothing more to see.

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