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My Favorite Devonshire

Aging with Flare
by Carolyn Devonshire

Retirement for some means a rocking chair
But I’m blasting forth on a contrail’s flare
      My 40-year career
     Swirls behind in Earth’s sphere
And I’m ready to take on any dare

Francine invited me to bungee jump
I’ll skydive with Gwen - might end up a clump
     There’ll be no rocking chair
     As I hang-glide through air
Thinking of age as a tiny speed bump



I love “Aging with Flare” because it goes against the stereotype of retiring and sitting around and relaxing. It’s about still having fun in life and about the life inside of us, and how life is whatever we make it to be.  Adding soup friends to the poem is a fun addition, along with humor - “ might end up a clump.” There’s risk, but the fun is worth it, because then we are truly living. The concluding line reinforces that mentality, along with the rocking chair symbolism. It makes me NOT want to be that person watching life, instead of living it. I want to be like Carolyn and make the most of my life.  

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  1. Date: 9/5/2012 4:11:00 PM

    soup mail

  1. Date: 6/12/2012 1:34:00 PM

    Congratulations on your super win in Gwen's contest Susan. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/11/2012 10:09:00 AM

    Susan, I really enjoy writing limericks and none of us are getting any younger. I'm so glad you found inspiration and humor in this write! Thank you for your kind words and congratulations on your win! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 6/11/2012 2:10:00 AM

    Susan congrats on your win..David

  1. Date: 6/10/2012 3:21:00 PM

    First of all, I was floored to see my name included in this poem of Carolyn's ...How cool of you to chose it...She must have written it and I was in school full time for the past 2 1/2 yrs and missed it. (Oh, I could kick myself)..Susan, you hit one of Carolyn's strongest attributes in your narrative--her zest for life and really living...Age really is a speed bump, now that I think about it! Congrats on this wonderful narration celebrating one of our best! How could she not be tickled to read yours?... Love to you, Susan. Gwendolen

  1. Date: 6/7/2012 10:43:00 AM

    Yes, the bottom line says it all - yours and Carolyn's. Thanks, Susan - enjoyed the contest : )

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 4:20:00 PM

    The only reason, i can not join this contest, it's cause,, every poem she writes has her dedicated spirit ,, making it hard to choose from poem 1 to poem--- ... She is my IDOL, here on the soup.... good luck in the contest... and yes...i was thinking about Polly, when i wrote that poem,, and the cracker diet I'm on is killing me,, he he.. luv ya...yours and forever friend,, PD

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 3:46:00 PM

    This is awesome what you said about Carolyn's poem and your opinion of her topic. WELL done, and that's a cute poem you chose of hers.

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 2:59:00 PM

    Very nice and so well said and put together. A beauty. Luv n hugs Michael

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 2:08:00 PM

    very true Susan...you said it well..best wishes for the contest...thanks for stopping by....huggs..Joseph

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 1:41:00 PM

    Oh I am with you on this go for it girl xx