Saturday, January 4, 2014


Only 69, not half-way-between 
Or the start of a new decade,
Merely 69, the end of the 60s;
Gratefully present and active.

At home, comfortable, at ease;
Family and friends ebbed and flowed,
Talked and laughed, philosophized 
And poked good-natured fun.

Best of life personified in synchronistic
Perfect alchemy of people, timing, and 
Combinations: renewing and cultivating,
Already well-known or new to each other.

Some special ones missing for reasons of
Location, commitment to self- or other-care;
Connected through love and energy via
Phone calls, cards, and abiding knowledge.

Two days to prepare, two days to clean up.
Restful order, although partly due to stuffing
Excess in closets or sending forward to recycling.
Still finding Christmas tree needles?!?!

Phenomenal birth anniversary at very end of year,
Perfect date for conscious and intentional life.
Pause to celebrate individual life as well as
Collective life; another year passing and evolving.

At last, at 69, birth anniversary timing seems just right:
End of personal and calendar year offers opportunity 
To pause, reflect, assess, discern, course-correct, 
Embody, build and plan for Bucket List experiences.

Gathering of family and friends in person and in heart,
Just right and redemptive of past years' grumblings.
Full heart, full life, fortunate beyond measure;
Gratefully present, active, and looking forward.

Ann Beth Blake 
January 4, 2014

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