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On My 86th Birthday

My 86th Birthday

Another Birthday…another year
They seem to be coming
Much faster I fear!
The Sands of time are flowing
Spring and Summer have run their course
Fall has shed her brilliant leaves
Winter’s fury has no remorse

The years fly by so quickly
The Bird of Youth has flown away
Our springs were squandered blithely
As have our summer’s play
Autumn’s sun is fading
A little more each day
An early frost reminds us
Winter is on the way

Winter is upon us
Ledgers to be read
How can we rewrite the wrongs
And repair them before we’re dead?
Will we look back upon our seasons
Spent with nary a thought
Or know that we were mindful
Of the lessons we were taught

The winter of our birthdays
Should be cherished all the more
For we never know how many
We might have in store
The hands of time keep ticking
Always softly…never bold
One day the bells will ring
Will we be ready when they toll?

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  1. Date: 3/6/2014 6:35:00 PM

    Happy birthday Beatrice and what a way to celebrate with this amazing poem. The last 2 verses really hit home - my parents are aged 89 and 91 - dad already looking to book venue for his 90th now there is positivity for you! Have a wonderful day Jan xxx
  1. Date: 3/6/2014 4:20:00 PM

    happy birthday! you've written a wonderful poem to help celebrate...
  1. Date: 3/6/2014 2:31:00 PM

    beautiful poem Beatrice. time does not wait, but at times it takes long to make up its mind...gives us the chance to watch some extra dawns and sunsets...// paul

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