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


on September 10, 2018

To look at my present as possible past
Daunting endeavor, confusing at best
Then Aha! moment furnished direction
Live in the now! where else?

Standing in line at a ballyhooed art show
On my feet two hours at least
Energized by engagement I realized
My cane and I can go miles before rest

A present rich with much possibility
Brand new exploration if I open my eyes
Reach for new challenges from creative grab bag
Open doors not extensions of past

With curiosity checked-out travel offerings
Searching for something I had missed before
Discovered adventures focused on interests
Not only the aging seek learning in classrooms

And so next September I head for New Hampshire
To learn and to listen to sizzling Cool Jazz
Taking first step toward reimagination
Living into new perspectives on life

21 responses to “Refurbishment

  1. Dale says:

    Absolutely brilliant, Ina.
    And kudos to you for going out and experiencing new adventures!

  2. This is such a positive poem full of wonder and excitement – here’s to new adventures πŸ™‚

  3. Resa says:

    FAB!!! Music can take you to many places. Many places are music.

  4. Wow! You are doing amazing things Ina! Inspiration in beautiful words

  5. Elan Mudrow says:

    Ahh, jazz. I miss it so. Having been a musician for most my life and been lucky enough to touch hearts. I can’t go back. My teeth, you see. I understand what you mean by moving forward.

  6. Eric Alagan says:

    Your lines brought this to the fore:

    I’ve traveled so much but traveled so little.
    Looking back, a see short path with roses and thorns
    Looking forward, the long road disappears into the horizon.
    My walking stick is ready.
    My wings even more so.
    The choice is obvious.

    Something spontaneous. Your words have that effect on me, Ina dear.


  7. JoHanna Massey says:

    Oh this one is certainly a call to action for anyone contemplating sitting still as they age. Just love this. Your happiness in the still adventure of a day shines through each line. Thank you.

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