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Acting My Age

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Acting My Age

“You’re not a giddy teenager
So why can’t you act you’re age?”
I looked at him heartbroken
Then my body shook in a rage

“Being passionate about life
Means I am acting like a child?
You demand that I be demure
Does that mean being meek and mild?

No, no, my dear, I want to shout
I want to be crazy and mad
To stick my head out the window
Belt out love songs that make me glad

I want to let my body move
To a belly dance drumming sound
I want to feel young and alive
Make love without hushing the sound

On days when I water the yard
I want to get wet to the core
As I point the hose to the sky
The wetness makes me crave for more

I want to see my sun catcher
Make the rainbows dance on my wall
And have multicolored sweet dreams
I want to wander through them all

When you take me for a long ride
I’ll let the wind dance with my hair
I want the music to be loud
What if people just stop and stare?

I want to laugh till my sides hurt
And the tears are just streaming down
I want people to be happy
So I play the part of the clown

They say life begins at forty
Now I know that it does for me
Don’t you dare try to bring me down
You know this 'girl' needs to feel free

Peter Pan’s not the only one
Who will stay forever this young
He’s got me for good company
You know, we have songs yet unsung

So…please, if I am eccentric
And acting a little insane
Remember that I’m passionate
So please, I beg you, don’t complain

And when I want to be ravished
Or to play a naughty love game
Don’t say that was for way back then
Don’t you dare try to make me tame

I desire to ingest life
At a mad and frenetic pace
I am desperate to feel the rain
Splashing down on my upturned face

You know that I must be sun kissed
And to spray on coconut spray
To do handstands in seawater
And to bask in this sun drenched day

I want to cry when things move me
I want to feel, to taste, to touch
I want to giggle like a girl
When something does please me so much

I’m sorry I disappoint you
Sorry I don’t act forty five
But before this life is over
I want to feel vibrant…alive!

Yet, I will try not to shame you
Try to tone it down just a bit
But my dear, this fact you must know
In your box, I surely don’t fit

Yes, you may think I’m 'immature'
And I may act much like a teen
But I’d rather be wild and free
Than captive to rules like a queen."

Eileen Manassian Ghali

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  1. Date: 3/24/2013 7:28:00 PM

    You never disappoint me Auntie, I'm getting so far behind with your poems, I find I'm saving some for a rainy day lol, this is great and I share your wonderful attitude. Take care, Regards Richard

  1. Date: 3/22/2013 10:08:00 AM

    I always play the music loud, dance in the kitchen, make love without hushing the sound, dress eccentric...I'm creative. I'm not afraid of expressing myself. I'm not afraid of living....GREAT poem!!! Loved it! Thanks for your comments...xx Holly

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 3/22/2013 12:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Holly...glad to have a kindred spirit in you! :) I'm tired of trying to measure up to other people's expectations! It gets tiring! Thanks for the lovely post! Hugs!
  1. Date: 3/22/2013 7:32:00 AM

    Good morning Eileen, I hope you have a wonderful day.

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 3/22/2013 9:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi..Richard...how lovely to see this post! :) Makes me smile.....
  1. Date: 3/22/2013 4:16:00 AM

    You got girl; if someone tried to change you - then it wouldn't be you. We all have to be ourselves and not what other people want us to be. Loved this poem.... Lucilla

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 3/22/2013 9:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes...Lucilla...you are right! I try to conform...but I can't always. It is a painful process.
  1. Date: 3/22/2013 3:53:00 AM

    Go on girl, just love this run with it and go xx

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 3/22/2013 9:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, my dear Mandy...I need the support. It comforts my heart.
  1. Date: 3/21/2013 10:55:00 PM

    You go girl, acting our ages is over rated. I like this one a lot. Good night Eileen

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 3/22/2013 9:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Richard. Your support means more than you know.
  1. Date: 3/21/2013 10:15:00 PM

    Loved every word,......my hubby laughs at me when he catches me wearing my pearls and emeralds and diamonds with my camouflaged coveralls and rubber boots ..its all about feeling happy.....

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 3/22/2013 9:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh....tease him and please him and make him happy.....and forgive him. ;)
  1. Date: 3/21/2013 5:58:00 PM

    you go, girl! i'm on your side 100%! well said!

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 3/21/2013 9:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, dear Ilene! :) Hugs!