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Our Sixties

Our Sixties are

the time of

self-acceptance

when our faces

shift from middle

age to the planes

and lines of our

elder path

Except for those

bicycle enthusiasts

our bodies sag

with the weight

of a life lived hard

We know ourselves

and do not hold

our heads in shame

This is the time

of release from

obsessive worries –

a time when we

set ourselves free

Shame

Shame-a draft of hot bitters-
unquenchable, harsh,
it can only be choked down.
You can drown in it,
wrap it around you,
a cloak to keep out fresh air.

It clings to you,
saturates creeps beneath the skin,
like a tick or parasite, corrosive.
So hard to let go of
for it is self-imposed.
Only you swallow it
hold on to it,
refuse to release it.

You can hold on to it an eternity,
or have the self-possession to release it,
strengthening your resolve
not to carry someone else’s baggage.
You can allow yourself to release it
and live a life of freedom.