Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Coming Of Age

The coming of age
went largely unnoticed
because I was busy

tending the dying,
the living,
and getting by.

Now, when I glimpse
this grayer me in the mirror,
I'm surprised -

and a little grateful (I can't lie)
that I still don't have the time
to really look.

For The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

26 comments:

Fireblossom said...

It happens to the best of us, doesn't it?

Outlawyer said...

I would add to Shay's comment, it also happens to the worst of us-- Though you are among the best.

Better not to focus on it too much. Wonderful poem. k.

Sylvia K said...

Amen, Amen!!

Timoteo said...

You don't have to worry about it.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Right!

The mirror is only meant for quick hygiene checks and passing glances. Anything more is hazardous.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Lovely poem..! I guess in the end all that matters is that our life was spent doing what we love with whom we love :D

Lots of love
xoxo

rallentanda said...

Looking does not change things. Best get on with life sans mirror!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Busy tending to the living and the dying.......it does leave us a little grayer.......but you will always be beautiful, Mama Zen!

Gillena Cox said...

it sneaks up on us really; yet Oh vanity vanity; i still luv to look

much love...

brudberg said...

Either that or spend money on haircolors.. getting rid of the mirrors is cheaper.

brudberg said...

Either that or spend money on haircolors.. getting rid of the mirrors is cheaper.

Gail said...

I think I may tell you this a lot but this is my favorite...such truth and it hits home with me.

I shall have to say, in all fairness to your wonderful poems, this is my favorite I've read of yours today.

my heart's love songs said...

if i don't look in a mirror, i'm still 18 and skinny. (ok, maybe 38, but that still feels young to me.)

Love this, MZ! Happy May!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Ah, the 'getting by' is what we're all up to, I think.

Marian said...

Yes yes, yes. How did that happen?

Out of Sight L said...

Coming of age can be a bitch, i miss you so much and yet I keep on loosing you, why does it keep on happening?

Kerry O'Connor said...

*sigh*

That's about the way it goes.

SuyashJ said...

that second verse makes so much sense tome especially as a med student

Shawna said...

Good heavens, my bones, muscles, brain, and feet are all seconding this with enthusiastic screams.

Susie Clevenger said...

Yes, the graying arrives it seems so suddenly, but life was transforming us while we were too busy to look. I don't spend much time looking in the mirror now either.

Rommy said...

Oh goodness yes. I'll pass by a store window, be a bit surprised to see my mother standing there, and then realize I'm looking at myself. Really wonderfully wry look at this idea.

Grandmother (Mary) said...

You may have found the key to happiness.

angieinspired said...

there was a coming of age?? lol. must have missed it. btw: it's probably best to hide the scales too:) imo

Herotomost said...

You are the master of the mirror, the one the reflects all of our lives. Damn good.

grapeling said...

yes. ~

manicddaily said...

Glad to hear from FB/SHay you are okay--stay well, MZ. K.