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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Empty and Full (06/04/09)

TITLE: Half and Half
By Betty Castleberry
06/10/09


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The first half of my life
I lived to please others,
My teachers, my parents
My sisters and brothers.

I heard rules and advice
Til I thought I would burst.
Dont wear that til Sunday,
Never eat dessert first.

Be frugal with money,
Go to bed with the sun.
You may eat the burger,
But you must skip the bun.

Then when midlife arrived,
I felt very empty.
Id rarely let late nights
Or rich desserts tempt me.

It was time for a change-
I resembled a prune.
It was time to be bold,
To eat breakfast at noon.

To sing loudly in church,
Giggle too, if I choose,
And take mambo lessons
In red open-toe shoes.

To eat roasted peanuts;
Throw the shells on the floor.
And make dozens of friends,
Then have parties galore.

Time to rescue a dog,
And make him my buddy.
Who cares if his feet get
The carpet all muddy?

Time to go on a cruise
And look out to the sea,
And put extra sugar
In my glass of iced tea.

Ill live to the fullest
During my golden years,
Without any regrets,
Without worries or fears.

And then when its my turn,
Ill die with a smile
Ill thank God for my life
And say That was worthwhile.


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Marita Vandertogt06/11/09
Good description of the rules of growing up and the beauty of getting older - freedom to finally be. I enjoyed this one!
Pat Guy 06/12/09
Ahhhh...yes. The freedom of finally growing up. ; ) I enjoyed the journey...and the inpiration!
Sharon Kane06/14/09
If this is mid-life crisis it sure sounds a lot of fun!
Mona Purvis06/15/09
Yes, I'm here with you. No longer running around in high heels, flats will do. sweet.
Mona
Mariane Holbrook06/15/09
How cute is that? With that kind of good attitude you could face mid-life crisis or any other crisis. What a delightful read!!
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/15/09
I love your attitude...and your poem. :-)
Chely Roach06/15/09
This was fabulous fun...live it up! Loved it!
Connie Dixon06/15/09
This is definitely a winner in my book. "Life is too short". Let's make the most of it. Great poem, loved the meter, flow and content. Great writing.
Bryan Ridenour06/15/09
Loved the rhythmic flow and your take on life. Great poem. Nicely done.
Joy Faire Stewart06/15/09
Very enjoyable poem. Love MC's voice and POV.
Patricia Herchenroether06/15/09
Very cute-yes, I smiled! (and agree)
Lollie Hofer 06/16/09
What a fun poem! It relates to exactly where I'm headed right now...going into those golden years and the freedom that awaits me. Your rhyme, rhythem and message were all well done. Thanks for sharing.
Karlene Jacobsen 06/17/09
This was fun reading. I love the pace!
Charla Diehl 06/24/09
Cute, fun, light-hearted and the rhyme and meter were perfect. Thanks for the smile this brought me this morning.