As the Years Roll By



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

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Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With family roots in western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years Kurt naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt has become one of Colorado’s prominent nature photographer’s through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt is also a feature writer for HubPages and Creative Exiles with the article’s focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L’Amour and Max Brand have formed Kurt’s natural ability as a storyteller. Kurt has published 7 novels all based in and around the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Using the Midnight Wind Publishing brand Kurt has also released a poetry collection called the wandering man collection - Poetry and Thoughts of a Wandering Man - (Uniquely Colorado edition) and now this collection - Poetry and Reflections of a Wandering Man (Random Thoughts edition). Kurt has also published 3 historical reference books, and one humor book. All are available in print or download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. Kurt is working on his 11th Colorado adventure tale novel “Raphael Eye for an Eye.

One thought on “As the Years Roll By

  • November 26, 2023 at 8:14 AM

    The years go by, and we contemplate life more in depth with every breath. We can put a number on our days because of the friends (and family) we lost that are no longer with us. I don’t know about you…but it seems like a very long time went by real quick?! I really enjoyed this read, Kurt. Hang in there (as ya’ been doing) as you keep on your journey further in life.


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