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All the Wonders

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Birthday Reflections

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What is this age thing?

Numbers signifying time.

Judgments from society, from my "committee"

About the meaning of each new year?

Something to celebrate, to evaluate, to regret?


When did birthdays turn

From anticipated joy

To quiet dread?


When did I start to mark the years

With something other than gratitude?

To judge my body,

The changes in my skin,

The color of my hair,

Each new wrinkle, analyzed.


When I'm at my best, I remember

That each new year is a gift.

Each new day is a time to celebrate.

Each moment is a privilege, not a given.


May I choose to celebrate life,

To celebrate the numbers,

To celebrate time,

To celebrate each moment

Of this little life

That I have been given.


May it be so.

 

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