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What's It All About

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What's It All About

Youth
Illusions and aspirations,
Dreams flow like rivers
Empowered by youth.
Impatient from all restraints,
Breaking free of parents' vices.
On the road to freedom 
Trying to find one's own.
The idea of a lifespan is
Furthest from the mind.
Thinking we know everything,
But little wisdom did we have.
It's the folly of our youth.

Elderly
Youthful identity and vitality
Is very difficult to surrender.
Wrinkles and gray hair abound.
Life is approaching its end,
No time for "what ifs" and regrets.
As it goes, retaining a little spark,
Keeps the engine firing a while longer,
Or until God decides to call us home.

Death
Our final act on earth-
Just before death we prepare
Our greatest journey yet.
The finality of our physical existence,
Our souls passing into spiritual eternity or void.
Heaven is more beautiful than can be described,
For the believers.

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  1. Date: 8/26/2013 11:28:00 AM

    A lot of truth above! Light & Love

  1. Date: 8/2/2013 1:13:00 AM

    I am so glad I found a poem of yours that I had somehow missed in the past. This is very nice and I Love how you reflected on each stage of life. I see it won. Big belated congatulations

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 8/2/2013 5:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Andrea thanks for your visit. Haven't been writing lately. Preparing myself mentally for a big surgery. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 7/11/2013 10:38:00 PM

    an excellent "talking to yourself" winning poem.... Congratulations, always & forever ~ Linda

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 7/12/2013 4:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Linda thank you for your congratulatory comment. Much appreciated. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 7/11/2013 8:57:00 AM

    Well informed! Congrats on your well deserved win. AO

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 7/12/2013 4:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for your congratulatory comment. Much appreciated. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 7/9/2013 9:35:00 AM

    great write and win Connie....very good final stanza...best wishes

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 7/9/2013 4:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Joseph thank you for your congratulatory comment. Much appreciated. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 7/9/2013 12:28:00 AM

    Beautiful poem worded excellently...congratulations on your win, connie :)) *Hug ~ Shirley

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 7/9/2013 6:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Shirley for your congratulatory comment. Much appreciated. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 7/9/2013 12:08:00 AM

    graceful, lovely piece that deserves laurels, connie.... congrats!..:)

  1. Date: 7/8/2013 1:46:00 PM

    This is a first class write Connie--congrats and thank you!

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 7/8/2013 2:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for holding this contest and for a win. It certainly challenged my creative muse. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 6/26/2013 9:33:00 AM

    tremendous impression of one;s life stages... you soar with this profound work, connie..:) huggs

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 6/27/2013 6:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Nette for your delightful comment. Much appreciated. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 6/26/2013 8:31:00 AM

    great write! reality! wonderful! wisdom wisdom great!

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 6/27/2013 6:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Jenish thank you for your lovely comment. Much appreciated. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 6/26/2013 6:47:00 AM

    you stoke the fires well dear Connie one day we'll be sitting at his feet on a toasty hearth and he will smile at us and say "Good girls" are you in Connie? xxx

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 6/27/2013 6:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Mystic thank you for your lovely comment. It means a lot. Much appreciated. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 6/25/2013 3:27:00 PM

    beautiful and very expressive Shadow x smiles x

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 6/25/2013 6:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Shadow for stopping by and reading my poem. It means a lot. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 6/25/2013 1:47:00 PM

    Beautiful poem here Connie.Enjoyed the read.Thanks for visiting my poem page.

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 6/25/2013 6:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Kash for the visit and comment. Much appreciated. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 6/25/2013 11:13:00 AM

    This is an excellent entry for the contest you express the fine journey we go through in this life, may your twilight years be beautiful, hugs to you, always, xxxvxxx

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 6/25/2013 6:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This contest was a quite a challenge . Thank you for your wonderful comment Mystic. It means a lot. Warm Smiles, Connir
  1. Date: 6/25/2013 6:52:00 AM

    Wonderful write...In each phase you have capture the essence of what life is all about! :) Yes....to believe in the reality of a heaven and a reunion with loved ones is what keeps us going. Hugs

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 6/25/2013 6:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This contest was quite a challenge. Thank you for your wonderful comment. It means a lot. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 6/25/2013 5:45:00 AM

    You have written a wonderful youth, elderly, and death subjects for the contest my friend! I really enjoyed reading this detailed poem this morning1 What a tremendous piece, a wondrous poem, Great Work!!

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve Date: 6/25/2013 6:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Russell thank you for stopping by and leaving a wonderful comment. It means a lot to me. Quite challenging prompt to write about. Warm Smiles, Connie