Just a reflection of what I once was,
yet I still stand tall though I lean.
Time seems to have beaten me down,
but don’t feel sorry for me;
I ran long and hard so these feet deserve a rest.
My eyes have seen more than their fair share.
I’ve witnessed wonders and miracles,
and beauty beyond words.
The pain in a lifetime only intensifies
gratitude of the goodness one is gifted.
You, too, will reach that point of slowness,
a time that simply being silent and still
and knowing yourself inside more than out
is enough in itself…it is a deep wisdom
that comes with age and experience…
it comes to those who have truly lived.
When you see me as a gnarly and holey old woman,
I ask you to look again and see that I am holy.
I tell you to never forget life is sacred…
one day you will be here reflecting
upon the shell you once were.