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Spike The Chicken
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JUNE 15, 2012 10:16AM

Moving Forward

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June 15, 2012

My  mother used to tell us kids
To "swashbuckle through life."
I pictured people swinging down from masts
Plunging into battle while the daylight lasts
Charging through the night on ships in stormy seas
Hair and blouses blowing in the breeze

That would be her, of course.
Me, I'd be out there clinging to the rails
Worrying and tearing at my nails.
I rode into the future on a hobbled horse.
But she was oddly unafraid and lived her words.
I never knew a deadline she did not adore.
Or a problem she'd not wrestle to the floor.
Now, it's only idleness that hurts.

She'll soon be ninety three.
I feel so useless now, she says to me.
No wars to fight, her work is done.
Her ship is up in dry dock now and she is stuck
In days she measures by a slowing clock.
I feel her fear and don't know what to say.
I say, I guess it's meant to be that way.

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Oh I never want to feel this way...ever. Thanks...I think. :D
I know. I feel the same as you. But she is there--what can we do?
I am so looking forward to those "slowing days"!!

At 71, I find the days gallumphing by at a incredible rate. I want to shout, "Hey.... slow down a doggone bit, will ya!!"

I just got up and already it's the day after tomorrow.......

Ha ha, Sky. Sounds like you're having a good time!
It's a long way for me yet, but I know time will go fast. r