happy is the older man

The young man cleanses
his way by keeping to your
words, O Lord.
But I am no longer young and
my proclivities have grown
slightly irregular.
What’s an older man to do, O Lord?
*(the Lord pauses here for
dramatic effect, heightening the
sensation of divine mulling)
Behold, this is what the Lord requires
of an older man: steer clear of the trivial
that enrages; eat more poetry;
and simply do the next thing in love.
Happy is he who walks in these ways.
Oh, and don’t forget to
get that prostate checked, pal.

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  1. Gwen Acres on November 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    “…simply do the next thing in love”. Thank you for the poetic reminder of what transforms everything !

  2. Melinda Viergever Inman on November 24, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    You made me smile. The Lord gives practical advice.

  3. Diana Trautwein on November 24, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Oh, yeah – that prostate. PLEASE get it checked. And the rest of this? Uh huh, these are true for the older woman as well. An excellent three-cornered hat for anyone over 50 to wear. Thanks, John.

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