My three score and ten years.
When I was ten, it was all about when!
When would I learn that if I need help,
home I should phone?
When would I be allowed
to go into town on my own?
When would I be allowed to stay away,
with my friends overnight?
When would I convince everyone,
that I'm ok when out of sight?
When, I was twenty,
with education complete
my friends and I had fun times, aplenty.
Off we would venture into town,
to a party, or movie, a bar, or even a stage show. With weekly wages in my hand,
within a couple of hours
the lot I could blow.
Creating, memorable long nights,
as well as occasional early mornings,
Never wanting any advice
on the company I kept,
or heeding any warnings.
When I was thirty,
I was charming, chatty and naturally flirty.
The search was on in earnest for Mr. Right
the time had come I wanted to settle down.
I had developed a list qualities wanted in my man
to ensure that I did not marry a clown.
I had to be sure that my life went to plan
at the first mishap it would not hit the skids. When I got married, with my own home,
and the obligatory couple of kids.
When I was forty, I was living it up,
and being a little sporty,
and sometimes even naughty.
A carefree new age had dawned for me;
I'd developed an ability to use free speech.
Chasing those elusive dreams,
which, until now had remained,
just out of my reach?
As an individual I wore many hats,
as a family member and employee
I could cut things fine.
Deadlines I would only just meet,
as my balancing act kept moving
the elusive finish line.
When I was fifty, proud of my life,
with a style all my own,
I had become quite nifty.
I tried many things
with needles and paintbrushes,
developing new talents and skills.
Some of them became marketable,
and this little venture
was able to help me pay my bills.
Having, spent my life until now,
exploring many local haunts,
or traveling close to home.
It was time to take a large risk,
and broaden my cultural horizons,
so off overseas I did roam.
When I was sixty, with retirement looming,
my life at this point became very thrifty.
Weekly wages now in the past,
my super pension
was enough to see me though to my final day.
It was time to watch my pennies,
buying only necessary items;
frugal living was the only way.
A woman of leisure, with time to spare,
once again new activities
and friends filled in my time.
We found many a new way to while away our time, most of the time it hadn't cost us a dime.
Now that I am seventy, life is much slower,
the visitors I have are few and far between.
My kids have grown families with lives of their own, with new technology many photos I've seen.
Each Christmas and Birthday
they are shocked at the time that has past,
since they've last been
My parents have long since gone;
my siblings around the same age
have the same story to tell.
Luckily my own company I enjoy,
pottering around, amusing myself,
I am healthy and very well.
As I head towards eighty and beyond,
let's all celebrate and let out three cheers,
because I have certainly had many adventures
and a great life my three score and ten years,
I've overcome numerous obstacles,
picked up many skills
conquered almost all of my fears,
With overwhelming emotion and unconditional love during my life, I have shed many a tear,
Know from the beginning through to the end,
family and friends I have always held you dear.