Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 48,706 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

~69~ - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

I never thought the age of 69,
I would find just as exciting...
To be blessed to live it experienced.
What a gift.

Even when I say it...
It is as if I have achieved to receive,
An award I deserve.
There was not a minute or an hour of it,
Did I sit to watch a day of it served.
I participated and can say,
69 is not a given.69 is earned.

Lessons to learn from many obstacles to face,
Chasing fears away has not slowed my pace.
Everyday I awaken seeking to be challenged.
While I witness others my age,
Attempting to prevent this blessing to them sent.
Yet looking as if time to them given is a threat.
Not me.
I want it known I have found 69 to be,
A walking on a path of an incredible journey.
Everyday I look forward to what to me comes next.

Although I will admit this,
Even the aches and pains...
On those days I live with,
I wish I could disguise and hide...
When I am at home, alone.
But it seems in public they come and go.
With a doing to show they are on their own.

'Ooohhh. JESUS. Father God.
Oh, my Lord.'

~I'm sorry, sir.
Did I step on your foot?
I didn't think I...~

Even if you did,
I wouldn't have felt it.
You see...
I'm at the age God likes to remind me,
To express more appreciation...
For allowing me to be 'still' in HIS presence.'

I don't understand.~

'I don't expect you to.
When I was your age,
I didn't understand it either.
I remember when my grandfather would...
Where are you going? '

~To the back of the bus.
I have text messages I need to return.
And besides,
I know how you old people...
Like to talk yourselves.~

'Excuse me?
I am not OLD.
I am...
Forget it.
You young folks...are...'

~I know.
One day we'll both get over it.~

I need you to seal my lips.
Right now!
Don't let me get up and act a fool.'

~Deep breaths, O.G.
Deep breaths.~

What did you...

Topic(s) of this poem: life

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Poem Edited: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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