As the years roll by, I ponder more on my youth. I know that aging is the circle of life, and I have learned to embrace it. Not that I am opposed to aging—it is just that our society has become not so kind on men and women for getting old. I, for one, cannot look at aging as the enemy? It is going to happen, whether or not I like it. As the years roll by, no one is set apart from growing old; it comes to us all. My youth, your youth, will wither and pass. It happens to everyone, so why deny it? I’m learning to be proud of my age. I’m proud that I’ve survived the years for as long as I have, when so many I have known have not. It will be the badge, the symbol, I wear, when I end up wrinkled and with a lifetime of abundant wisdom. As the years roll by, I will cherish life for however long it lasts.
As the Years Roll By
As the years roll by, the more I think,
How life is short and gone in a blink.
Aging is just another word for living,
As the years roll by, it can be unforgiving.
My eyesight is not what it used to be,
Knowing it is true, you still deny the reality.
My hearing is no longer as it was in my youth,
As the years fly by, I am now long in the tooth.
The fewer friends I have, the older I have become,
Many have passed, marching to the beat of heaven’s drum.
For those that have grown old, we should offer respect,
Listen to them, when of their youth, they start to reflect.
One learns to tally your age by friends, not years.
To sum up your life by smiles, and not the tears.
You realize, age is just a number, as the years roll by,
You need to live life as if you are not waiting to die.
Life and aging, growing old, are our greatest gift,
Love those that love you, before life sets you a drift.
As the years roll by, the older I get, the longer I pray,
I don’t know why; I guess now that I got more to say.
Kurt James © 2023
Where to purchase Kurt James novels, short stories, and poetry:
Kurt James – Rocky Mountain Series (6 novels with a 7th coming soon)