“A Poem on Turning 54 in October” // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

autumn-leavesA birthday poem written beside the Namekagon River on my October birthday:

In springtime, my early years were budding
with grand elation adding
every birthday celebration.

But this October,
ripening past fifty four
I understand, the starting line,
in light of heaven’s door.

And I can now identify
and feel the “why”
of Autumn’s golden trees.

I see my life for what has passed
And what yet needs to be.

If life’s span is measured for a man
by his father’s longevity
there’s not but left a score and four for me.

At fifty four, I can’t ignore
the state where summer’s joy
and cold repose embrace.

My life contains some green,
beautified by orange and gold
reflections in the stream.

Another year, another leaf has fallen
softly to the earth–
a whisper of mortality
and hope’s eternal birth.

How Beautiful!
How Beautiful!
This is my favorite season!

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