When You are Old
When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.
~~W. B. Yeats~~
Did you notice that this poem begins
“When you are old,” not now that you are old?
Maybe he wants to catch her attention
while she is still young and hasn’t
suffered the pain of regret.
Ahhhh, regret is such a huge price
to pay for a poor choice.
Have you ever been “nodding by the fire”
and “Murmur, a little sadly” because
you lost the person that
“loved the pilgrim soul in you”
or maybe you haven’t ever
experienced that kind of love?
Someone that loves you for the
real, the authentic, deep inside,
all facades torn down person
that hides in your soul.
There are many that will love
“your moments of glad grace” or
in other words,
will love you while you are beautiful,
wealthy or powerful.
Is it worth casting aside the
people who truly love you
and will continue to love you
when age shows the
“sorrows of your changing face”
and the experiences of a lifetime
show in your countenance?
by reading and understanding
this poem and the message within it,
you open your eyes
to the people,
and love that is freely offered
just for you…
offer something beautiful
Maybe your life will be filled
But don’t hold it all in alone.
Share it with those who love you
and let them
Just close your eyes
and think about it
for just a minute
and let the message
sink deep down
so that your mind
will consider the possibilities
and your heart
will appreciate true love
instead of giving in to
the whim of the moment
or the enticements of the insincere.
what are you thinking?
In contemplation –
a woman Aging With Style
and striving to have fewer regrets,
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