On Approaching SixtyLinda O’Connell © 2015On Approaching Sixty by gallindz
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You can’t have it all, but you
can have the cherry blossoms in Spring.
The pink pollen, falling
like a February snow.
You can have the sweet breath of a one year old
in the crook of your neck, affirming his love.
And God that’s so good.
You can have the
empathetic yellow dog,
with the soulful eyes that assures you
everything will be alright.
And as a parent,
you can have a job well done, having done your best;
you can watch your children become bits and pieces of you
and feel your heart swell with happiness.
You can’t have it all but if you
look over your shoulder
you can have
your Italian grandmother standing next to you
while making tonights dinner.
Sauce the color of the red sunset.
And seriously, you can be
thankful for wrinkles at the corners of your eyes,
the way they play on your face;
the way they add spice,
the way, they tell your story.
You can have that forever friend,
(who you count on your one hand