Stephen Katona

(26th November 1970 / Manchester, UK)

Before I Go, Before You Go.


You see a wrinkled 102 year old,
Balanced on the edge of a knife,
Waiting for a puff of wind,
To send me crashing from this life.

But here I am,
Feeling like the 10 year old I used to be,
Ready to fly a kite, jump into a stream,
Go sledging and climb a tree.

I want to surf a big wave,
Be in a hot air balloon up high,
Canoe a waterfall,
See green lights dancing in the sky.

Let me look into the eyes,
Of a dolphin in the sea,
Swimming like close friends,
Each wild and free.

I want to jump from a bridge,
At last I've learnt to hope,
Letting go of life's fears,
To trust a stretchy rope.

Let me ski down a mountain,
Pure and white as a dove,
Hang from a flimsy triangle,
Looking far and wide above.

Are you older than I?
Do your dreams have this range?
Use your days wisely,
It's never too late to change.

Submitted: Saturday, July 05, 2014
Edited: Saturday, July 05, 2014

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  • Jeffrey Tillery (7/14/2014 11:50:00 PM)

    You have such a bodacious way of describing reality. Thanks for the vision, JT (Report) Reply

    Stephen Katona (7/16/2014 2:49:00 AM)

    Thank you Jeffrey. Bodacious is such a fun word.

  • Lorraine Colon (7/10/2014 11:58:00 PM)

    Let us live life to the fullest, right up to the last minute. I like your well-expressed advice. (Report) Reply

  • Susy Evelyne (7/7/2014 5:27:00 AM)

    Your poem reminds us of the richness of life that is there for us to try to catch hold of and savour. If health allows, age is no barrier. I have seen seventy year olds surfing and having a ball! (Report) Reply

  • Rites Ghosh (7/5/2014 7:58:00 AM)

    age cannot wither some hope...like your lines really. read my poem and share your views plz.-Rites Ghosh. (Report) Reply

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