My latest book ‘The View from Here’ is available in paperback and e-book ( Kindle) at amazon.com
My previous book ‘Three Suitcases and a Three year Old’ is also there and both can be can be dipped into.
Looking forward to learning what you think.
After the storm of youth
That tosses mind and soul along
There’s play, work, fame and song
Marriage, love, all the things you long.
Suddenly there comes
Lots of Sundays
Too many, I don’t feel that tired!
I have retired!
Work was the routine :
Learn to make your way!
Now work has been taken away
It takes on the perception
You play the deception
That life’s long journey has not ended
Others can make you feel suspended
Life is good now and you defend it.
You do not feel old
Go to the gym, are bold
You see how little your body can bend
You are told the knees will never mend
Silently are glad you don’t have to stand
in labs for three hours at an end
Or lecture, act out the part to students
It is with prudence
That you made your exit.
No point in being reflective
Don’t get marooned on the defective.
Never used to holiday without a plan
It’s conference travel and you keep a hand
There’s an element of envy
You maintain the perception
‘Busier than ever’
And you are truly elated
That, though belated,
Travel is such fun.
But as the membrane protecting the psyche thins,
Anxieties set in
Haven’t worn high heels for decades
Trousers are more practical
The colour from your face fades
As you survey the wardrobe:
If only you could
Silently you are young
You smile and it lifts your expression
No fear of depression.
You take long walks with measure
The sound of the sea is leisure
And discover new things in the past
Arrive at an important new task.
You write another page
Of perception, memory and narrative
Happiness floats back in
Transcendent in life splendid
You have not surrendered
The story has not yet ended.