NOTE: I belong to a creative writing group from our local senior center and every week we have a prompt that we use to express ourselves on paper. We each read our essay, story, or poem aloud and get feedback. The bonus of this read-aloud is that we have come to know one another on a very personal level as well as hear some enjoyable readings.
I am sharing this rhyme I wrote for class and for our 17th anniversary yesterday, because many older people feel that LOVE is only for the young, and what I have learned is that there is no “expiration date” on falling in love. (I met Alan when I was 65 and he was 69.)
P.S. I have been taking photos of trees just on the tip of turning and posting them here. Remember September Song? “The autumn leaves drift by my window…..the autumn leaves of red & gold….. and this is my favorite season!
“I’ll Never Say Never Again”*
After 30 years of marriage and a very difficult divorce,
I thought I’d never remarry: “singledom” my only recourse.
My theme song had been: “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” by Bacharach.
Sung by Dionne Warwick, would I ever get my happy heart back?
The first few years I was both angry and very sad
Followed by financial & emotional struggles, oh! so bad.
After six years alone, no more crying a bucket of tears
And began to take stock of the rest of my years.
Reinventing myself I went back to Empire State College
For a 2nd degree in Nutrition Education, expanding my knowledge.
I also began to edit, helping Penn Staters with their degrees,
And at the same time, expanding my editing business fees.
Gold Turning to Brown
I learned there were worse things than not being a wife;
Acknowledging the fact that I still had a good life.
Then, after 13 years on my own, I made one last pitch for a mate.
Put my name in The Jewish Exponent; was I just courting fate?
When I made this decision to reach out one more time,
I did not know this would generate more rhymes
Of how I met Alan and let my heart melt,
By his way of showing me just how he felt.
They say “Love’s More Comfortable the Second Time Around,”
And that’s exactly what I have learned and found.
I still struggle with issues that I have not resolved,
But most of the pain has slowly melted or dissolved.
Now I live with a new take on “A Thing Called Love,”
Learning that only late, when push came to shove.
So I’ll “Never Say Never Again,” you see,
Because letting in Love is Life 101: “Let it Be.”
*Words in quotation are the titles of songs I remember from when I was younger, except for A Thing Called Love.
Half ‘n Half