46 soon

that number
climbs closer to 50

& all the selves
I carry inside

nest each other
like Russian dolls–

the women I was
holds those women
I might have been

& greets the one
I am still becoming

so many layers
in one being

on the surface
simple

until I start opening

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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24 Responses to 46 soon

  1. Lori Lipsky says:

    Fine work. I like this, and by the way, over fifty isn’t too bad.

  2. one more milestone on the road to the future…the wayfarer changing and unchanged at the same time, even as the times change.

  3. Love the imagery here Susan, especially the … actually especially all of it ~ a wonderful poem that so many will identify with ~ I’ve read it three times already and will return to read again …

  4. Ian Moone says:

    Aye I can relate to this great write

  5. unfetteredbs says:

    love this Susan. Great imagery..Russian dolls…the layers of self and still opening. I like your positive flow. Inspiring

    • Thanks, UBS–just popped in my head last night, and had to write it out. I wanted to write one about aging (my own aging) without complaining about gray hair and bemoaning gravity…

  6. Leo says:

    Ah, to be 46 again! You all are making me feel old. I, too, like the nesting doll metaphor.

  7. Simple, yet FULL to the brim with meaning and imagery. It’s unsettling and yet strangely reassuring to know that even as you grow older, those feelings linger.

  8. dannypereyra says:

    The russian dolls line is sooo good and captures the feeling so well.

  9. nelle says:

    Until you open, indeed.

  10. Rhonda says:

    Love it. Especially the woman you were holding the woman you might have been! exactly! And fear nothing sfam…50 is just a number on a stone…a jumping off point to the next half. if can be the best jump of your life.

  11. So am I trudging on to 50, and still 46. Lovely piece!

  12. Deborah Avila says:

    A-peeling sweet image!

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