If sensitive to the less than picturesque ravages of time
The grey hairs
Picture instead this
The unravelling of all constraints which fear has laid upon you
What others might think
Or dread at what might happen
If you simply be and let all that is tightly buttoned and choking
Awakening to the fact that very little is under your control
And therefore letting decisions simply dissolve as most will, if you let them be by themselves long enough
It is not so much a setting down of burdens and responsibilities but a realisation as to what is actually yours to carry
The shadows may be long in the middle of the day, but now they are shortening and the consideration as to waste and futility is mighty
Any mind that is eternally preoccupied with appearance is not located in the highest place
The best and most important place
With age and grace
We move from physical to the spiritual, feel the great unravelling begin
A kite unfurling within
It was always there, simply waiting for the right wind, to carry it higher
I send my soul up the string and she laughs
This is what is meaningful
And that knowledge keeps my feet planted in the earth
I do not wish to have it all again, I don’t think I could do it better or want to do it differently, so what is the point in returning or yearning for some younger time
All of my focus and all of my excitement dwells in that moment ahead which I have not lived before, in a self that I have not yet encountered
Life is endlessly interesting
Happy birthday me 🍃✨
Header photo is the lighthouse keepers house at Byron Bay, I took the photo on a visit there recently. It’s on this post because, well we often think of the lighthouse as important (yes I took a photo of that too) but the lighthouse is nothing without someone to attend to its maintenance and care. Death doesn’t worry me, no one gets out of here alive (Jim Morrison Doors) wrinkles certainly don’t worry me – I laugh a lot, and my face is testament to the great love I have for a both a good joke and life itself.
But infirmity does.
Much of the latter is a choice, and those choices are made when we’re younger and can still make a difference to our outcomes.
As I said – it’s a day that marks another trip around the sun for me – these things are top of mind.
Have a lovely day
16 thoughts on “Flying Kites”
What a beautiful piece of writing!! Thank you and Happy Birthday!!! 🙂
You are very welcome!!!
Happy Birthday, Kate! Beautiful photo and reflections 🙂
Thanks Rosaliene X
Love the poem.
Thankyou Granny 😊
indeed happy birthday.
Happy birthday! Yes, I relate to these feelings. Excellent poem!
Thanks Martha 😊
Happy Birthday and kudos to your amazing Poem! 💖💖
Thanks Cindy 💕
You’re so welcome! 💖💖