Sometimes everything has to be enscribed across the heavens so you can find the one line already written inside you. Sometimes it takes a great sky to find that small, bright, and indescribable wedge of freedom in your own heart. David Whyte

Fashion Statement

on February 19, 2016

My once-straight neck stooping
Peering into the mirror
Who is that old woman I spy?
Vaguely familiar I think I do know her
Can it be she is I?

Yesterday friend gave appraisal of me
As one “who is dwelling within my own skin”.
High compliment I received it
And now contemplate it
My settling into vintage-aged years.

Living in harmony with effects of aging
Softens the blow of multiple nuisances
Brought on by years of my being younger.
My body must deal with the natural calamity
Of living a rich life – and then getting old.

A new tool I discover and add to my arsenal
A distinct sharpening of my sense of humor.
My larger belly is wonderful for laughing
Loud, unselfconscious guffaws at my foibles
As I relinquish a measure of dignity.

These days clothes are a problem
Models on the runway just aren’t my shape.
What’s in my closet spans years of styles
I can fashion new looks as things slowly wear out
Survival of the fittest dictates my wardrobe.

Today I live at the pace of now
Finding delight in the scenes out my window.
Accessing new worlds in my writing and reading
On my own magic carpet I travel afar.
I like the view from within my own skin.

26 responses to “Fashion Statement

  1. This is wonderful! I love it!

  2. This is a wonderful poem of self-acceptance.

  3. Eileen says:

    a distinct sharpening……..yes! once dignity is sloughed off hilarity rules

  4. apoetic1 says:

    Great poem. So real and so funny. It’s so hard sometimes accepting those aging aspects of ourselves, as we are always our worst critics. There is a different beauty with age, but a beautiful spirit surpasses all! From what I’ve read thus far, you are simply stunning. πŸ™‚

  5. shilyot says:

    Sharpen your wit, hone your tongue, and whittle your nib: life needs a painted poem, love this!

  6. shilyot says:

    PS. Painted, a true palette of colourful words

  7. vivachange77 says:

    I love your picture of words as colors on a palette. l can envision it.

  8. InfiniteZip says:

    OH I do love this, as I age, so many things change, but to be comfortable in ones own flesh, that is a true gift to self. Peace, K

  9. I of July says:

    love it, totally! good sense of humour and not many can claim to have lived enriched lives, most live with regret and I hope you keep loving life well into your golden years πŸ™‚

    • vivachange77 says:

      Thanks, Heath. I don’t yet see an end to loving life. After deciding that my adventurous traveling days are over, within a month four new interesting things have popped up close to home. The wonderful saga of family continues and I keep on having new insights into old situations. It helps to have blog mates like you cheer me on. ❀

  10. JoHanna Massey says:

    So true, so true. Oh how I can identify with this one. You are so right about embracing a sense of humor. Thank you.

  11. this suits me to a tee – loved it

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