Reflection of Age

Reflection of Age

A Poem by Temperance

Age,
Not to be looked at as years gone by
or with regret in a heavy sigh

Age,
Not to wish of what might have been
if things were different way back then

Age,
Not to ponder on would-haves and could-haves
Nor sicken oneself with all the should-haves

Age,
A measure of knowledge of life itself
a measure of life and all its wealth

Age,
A way to look at all one's done
the lessons learned....one by one

Age,
A reflection of time full of treasures
of feelings, of places, of memorable pleasures

Age,
A means of counting not one's years
but of all those things we hold so dear

Age,
Not to reflect on what was yearned
but forward to what's yet to be learned

© 2022 Temperance


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A thoughtful piece indeed. You greatly captured what age really should be about, you first list what age is not such as not our regrets hen you expertly express what age is such as our memories held close to our hearts, the optimism we have to continue our learning journey etc. I feel we as humans often think of the negative association with age and growing old, but we should also look at positives for growing old and aging as well. You capture this excellently in your poem. Well done!

Posted 5 Days Ago


Temperance

5 Days Ago

My step-dad always celebrated his birthday because he said it beats the alternative and, he is so ri.. read more
Aura

5 Days Ago

That is wise of him. People have their different opinions on age, but we should live life happily fo.. read more
Temperance

5 Days Ago

That is so true!
"and life is measured not by the years, but with the breathtaking moments"... I see that in your thoughtful, emotive and positive words. your lines radiate bright vibes. wonderful piece my friend.

Posted 1 Week Ago


Temperance

1 Week Ago

Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. I always try to look at the positive especially when .. read more
lightsong

1 Week Ago

Sure! I admire your positive look my friend, please keep it :> and SMILE*
girl, had did you get so smart?

Posted 1 Week Ago


Temperance

1 Week Ago

Haha. Just the way I look at life.
lightsong

1 Week Ago

All Women are Smart 😌😜
We could all find a regret or two amongst our memories, if we are truthful, I'd say. Focussing on the positives in our lives, both now and in the past, is surely the best thing to do. Your poem shows a good way to look at things, and offers sage advice!

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Temperance

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Robert for stopping by and for your comments. Far too often I hear people complaining abou.. read more
It would be easy to focus on the negative side of aging, but truly there are so many positives. You convey to the reader the positives here in your rhyming couplets. This was a joy to read. I love the positive, sunny outlook Temperance. Great work.

Chris

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Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Temperance

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Chris for taking the time to read this and for your nice comments. Much appreciated and I'.. read more
Hi, Temperance 👋
Welcome to the Café.

It's just Richard, one of the more harmless members. : )
Oh-BOY! My very first read of yours, and it is an excellently rendered, wisdom and experience filled piece, neatly presented for eye-appeal in an attractive font and softened italics, and the "Age" refrains is a unique and entertaining touch. I can tell this is not your first poetic rodeo … it's wonderful to greet a newcomer who knows their stuff.
Unmetered Rhyming Couplets is always a great way to get one's message across in an easy and concise way; and, you've certainly done that brilliantly in smooth flowing syntax, spot-on and near rhymes … with only the final line a bit stilted. Easy fix -- suggest:
Age,
Not to reflect on what was yearned
but forward to what's yet to be learned (or) but forward to what yet's to be learned
(just a thought).

Thank you for joining us and sharing your finely-honed skills.
I look forward to many more … when time allows, drop by my place for a visit;
I'd like that, very much! ⁓ Richard🖌

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Temperance

2 Weeks Ago

Hi Richard, Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your suggestion. Funny thing; I did h.. read more
A great message of a poem filled with kernels of wisdom. Very nice work Temperance. Thank you for sharing your poem with us.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Temperance

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Carlos for your kind words. Much appreciated and encouraging!

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