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Moving Lightly

I move lightly at sixty,
a little less than the max.
Any faster, and the sunflower shells I spit
blow back in my face,
and any slower and the driver behind
becomes too distressed.

I move lightly at sixty,
homeward through the rural landscape,
past barns and combines,
engine humming, without straining,
secure that I need not be anywhere,
or anything, but myself.

I move lightly at sixty,
through the longer shadows of fall,
short days and warm afternoons,
trees variegated with the leafy
nostalgias of the year past,
and the years before.

I move lightly at sixty,
the old van's engine drones
as I "OM", indistinguishable
one from the other, both well worn,
and oblivious of the
years we show.

I move lightly at sixty,
no longer with a need to lie,
or prevaricate,
in love with every woman I see,
and no longer afraid
to say so.

I move lightly at sixty,
in love with the journey,
rather than the goal.
In love with the moment
rather than the hour and 
the need to mark it.

I move lightly at sixty,
bemused by public anger over
a rappers words, knowing they
are far less harmful
than the blood shed
in my time.

I move lightly at sixty,
ready to gear down if necessary,
still able to speed up if needed
to avoid the hazards
of an overactive ego
and libido.

I move lightly at sixty,
content to be alone,
joyful to have company,
regretting neither,
thankful for old friends,
and old loves.

I move lightly at sixty,
finding that not acting,
is as important as the act,
knowing that one can be undone,
and the other, can't.

I move lightly at sixty,
like a comfortable breeze
on a fall day, a thermal for a bird,
uplift for a friend,
a drying wind for a
tearful cheek.

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  1. Date: 5/26/2009 11:58:00 AM
    I like your poem that shows that you chose to move lightly at 60 not because that you have to move lightly.

  1. Date: 5/26/2009 11:46:00 AM
    Lovely! I hope I move lightly at 60....congratulations on your featured work.

  1. Date: 5/26/2009 3:21:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/25/2009 2:02:00 PM
    I move slowly but I can still stop and enjoy an outstanding poem now and then. Congrats on the re-feature. Vince

  1. Date: 5/25/2009 1:45:00 AM
    Hello! Hello! Just to say congratulations on this well-penned feaured poem. More power an d success. Ernilando

  1. Date: 5/24/2009 5:03:00 PM
    Just wanted to drop by and add congratulations on having your poem featured to my other comments. Wishing you continued success with your writing. Karen

  1. Date: 1/22/2009 5:37:00 AM
    Good write, ... but dont tell me you are 60! Just kidding, Love ya work.

  1. Date: 1/22/2009 5:34:00 AM
    Splendid... But dont tell me u're sixty yet?! Love you. Cardinal

  1. Date: 1/13/2009 5:40:00 PM
    Oh!!! Ahellas. You see the world as I do. Life is so less complicated now. Congratulations, on your win. You have written a masterpiece! Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 1/7/2009 4:32:00 PM
    Just wanted to drop by and add congratulations on your contest win to my other comment. Keep on writing. Karen

  1. Date: 1/7/2009 8:46:00 AM
    you have so much talent and can write with the best of them, but have fallen pray to the over usage of these words (I, and, the ) cut them down and you'll be even better than you are now...awesome poem btw, but the fillers were a huge distraction....Peace

  1. Date: 1/6/2009 9:01:00 AM
    At age 59 I can really relate to this poem which, by the way, I think is masterful. Congrats. -ED-

  1. Date: 1/5/2009 6:45:00 PM
    Congratulations Ahellas on being a winner in the contest. Vince

  1. Date: 1/5/2009 5:14:00 AM
    Congratulations on being a finalist and having your poetry featured. Love Carol

  1. Date: 1/4/2009 4:38:00 PM
    Amazing and wonderful poem ....sixty seems to be the magic number! Congratulations on making it to the finals! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 1/4/2009 9:49:00 AM
    Ahellas - Seems to me like a double congratulations is in order – A Finalist and a featured poem – Great Job – God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 1/4/2009 6:25:00 AM
    Congrats on your win in the PS contest! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 1/3/2009 11:30:00 PM
    Copngratulations on your win in the finals. Joyce

  1. Date: 12/17/2008 1:19:00 PM
    Congratulations Ahellas on making it through round one thid is a fine work, very easy to identify with thank you for sharing the read and Good Luck in the finals. God Bless, Always, Adell

  1. Date: 11/1/2008 3:52:00 PM
    hellas two to the finals - congrats - God Bless