So far middle-age is much better than I thought it would be...
when I was young!
I wonder how soon I'll read this poem...
and wish I would have kept my tongue?!😁
...using the word 'tea' as a good get-together reason for catching up with each other's busy lives
my sisters, sisters-in-laws and mom got together at Lucy's house on Monday afternoon.
We are all approaching, discovering or well into 'middle-stage' (yes, even mom...she's not 80 yet:)
thus, finding in spite of many differences, much common ground!
(A few tea-cup pics from Victoria's collection)
Caught between flattery of youth
And wisdom of the sage
We covet both; small-talk and truth
A woman, middle-stage
A bit of whimsy, never spent
As moments take their toll
To leave us, modestly content
In weathered skin of soul
A girl disguised by wear and tear
Of day-to-week to years
That we know will always be there
Though her face disappears
…and leaves what may seem at first glance
A book, quite nondescript
Where chapters of love-loss-romance
‘neath seasoned Cover slipped
Those well-intended promises
We made when we were young
And Time won’t let her keep, I guess
Will keep her going strong
...just a tree, missing a few leaves
Bloom with some petals lost
Just a girl trading first fancies
For Things That Matter Most
…determined, with humility
To embrace turn of page
Graced with ancient discovery
Of women, middle-stage
© Janet Martin