Dressed in All Our Decades

By Susa Silvamarie


We’re dressed in all our decades,

in rich brocades of life

well-worn, and regularly mended.

Vivid restoration patches—

the hip, the shoulder, the knee--

make us into living art!

Our tatty brains

save us from the trivial

forgotten things,

spare us for what matters.

Delightfully scuffed by life’s great dance,

we’re rubbed, at circle’s end,

to the luster of original wonder.

In the spacious present called aging,

we rouse and wake,

more alive than we have ever been.

©Susa Silvermarie from Poems for Flourishing 


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