Friday, February 26, 2010

Today I am Fifty-Seven

 

Picnik collage 

Today I am Fifty Seven.
I will not wear a purple hat.
I will not subdue my infectious laugh,
Nor will I stop wearing my
skinny black jeans with heels.
I will color my hair
any color I want to,
for the day it became
the color of a
rodent
was the day hair became
an accessory.
I will keep singing out of key
loudly,
and dancing in the garden.
I will continue to speak with strangers,
take in strays,
and have daily talks with God.
I will NOT apologize
if my defiance makes you
uncomfortable,
Nor will I act my age,
for I have always been
immature...
I will NOT have conversations
about the weather...
I will have endless conversations
about the longings of my soul,
and ask of yours,
and I will expect answers.
Today I feel
like that young girl
who wrote poetry on rocks;
the girl who danced
to a different beat.
Once again, I feel that my life
is just beginning
and I can be all things.
I will not age quietly
or sit in the corner
and stop being me.
If anything,
I will be MORE me.
And I shall have
wine and cheese for dinner
whenever I please.

 

49 comments:

Yvonne Quarles said...

Happy, happy birthday! I will be 57 on March 2nd, very soon. Hooray to all of us who belong to the wise women hut. Love your poem.

Ces said...

Happy Birthday my Beloved Beautiful, Kind, Gentle, Compassionate, Intelligent, Funny Sisterfriend!

I love you.

Tsup!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

My God Deb.....we must have been seperated at birth, because you just described ME (although I never looked that good in a bikini, but I did have a Fredricks of Hollywood swimsuit that almost got me sent to the convent....I think I had my hair red then.....I wonder if there is a pic here???)
HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!
No go party hard and sing and dance and I am ALL for the wine and cheese!!! :D
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥....and many more!

XXOO!!
Anne

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

...And may you still be more you 57 years from now!

Kiss kiss!

Our Vanilla Life said...

Well,Happy,Happy,Happy Birthday!!!!
I hope you have a wonderful day(I know you will).It just keeps gettin' better!Trust me,I know these things.
ChrisC

Linda in New Mexico said...

Happy Birthday, to a girl who is full of it.....life that is.

deb said...

Happy Happy Be Yourself Birthday !!
May you have a blessed celebration of life,
and a blessed life long to celebrate !!!!!

Cop Mama said...

Happy Birthday!!!

You just keep on wearing those skinny black jeans with heals!!!

And the weather comment, too funny!

Sherry said...

Oh Deb, happy happy birthday to you -- you young heart, old soul!!! ♥ I love this post and you make me feel ageless right along with you! Have a wonderful day and a beautiful year!! xo

Carolyn said...

Happy Birthday sweetie !! ;o)
If i`d known beforehand - i would have posted you a card ..

Have a happy day , and age is just a number - carry on the way you`re living your life !!
I hope Yard boy cooks your favourite meal - or treats you to a gorgoeus meal out !

♥ hugs ♥

xoxo

yoborobo said...

Happy Birthday, dear Deeeeeeee-eeeeeb!
Happy Birthday to yooooou! And many more!
Oh, I love you at 57. You are my kinda girl. Immature and feisty. Yeah, sista. :) You enjoy your day. I think you should find a nice rock and paint a poem on it. Happy, happy, love, love - xoxo Pam

LLEAL said...

Dear Deb

I have to blend out words such as fascinating, mesmerizing, stunning and enchanting as well just to describe your blog.
Congratulations.
I would be honored not only with a single visit but also with the possibility of having your name on our friend's group and a very happy birthday.

http://www.llealenglishcourse.blogspot.com

Regards

LLEAL

Vicki Holdwick said...

Happy Birthday, Deb

Ces sent me over from her blog. We are of the same time frame. I turned 58 on 30 Jan. My sister, Jane, turns 57 on Sunday.

Glad to have found you and am a new subscriber.

xoxo

Eleonora said...

That sounds like what I'll be doing on my 57th birthday, because you and I see life in the same way: colorFULL of possibiliTIES that bind us together. Happy rebirth day, Deborah. You rock

Eleonora
xx

Lost Aussie said...

You GO GIRL! xox

Ariadone said...

And I, Beautiful sweet birthday-lady, will not stop loving you.
Van Harte Gefeliciteerd met uw verjaardag. Ik wens je heel veel nog prachtige jaren met deze visie op het leven, jouw leven.
Many happy congratulations to you on your birthday. I wish you many more wonderful years to come with this vision to life, your life !
Proost, op je gezondheid.
Cheers, to your health and happiness !
Much love, hugs and kisses
Godeliva

Marie S said...

Happy Birthday gorgeous!!!
Have wine and cheese tonight, that is if you wish.
You are all these things and so much more. Thank you for being you all of the way. You are awesome and wonderful and I love you! I enjoy you so much, just the way you are.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

HaPpY hApPy BiRtHdAy!!!

Dink wine - eat cheese - drink more wine!

And never lose those skinny jeans and heels!

Enjoy and celebrate your day.

Mermaid Queen said...

Happy Birthday Deborah dear! I loved your story, and continue being you! Take care, Martha

She Writes said...

NOOOO way! You are gorgeous. Happy Birthday to beautiful inside and out you :).

Linda Sue said...

Happy birthday , hot thang! Love the hair awareness...time to go to the drug store for me- red maybe, or bright orange- I mean really if it's going to be less than true why not go all the way!
Happy birthday , God talker!

Bella Sinclair said...

Yes, yes, yes, we want more, more, MORE of you! Happy birthday, darling Deborah, she of the long, beautiful legs and gorgeous smile, she who is forever blowing kisses and filling the cyberair with hearts. You are WONDERFUL, and your family is so very lucky as are we. Enjoy your wine and cheese, please!

Diana Evans said...

Happy birthday to you my wonderful friend Deborah!!!

Your photos are stunning and you haven't changed a bit...you are still stunning and wise beyond your years....you are an inspiration to us all to live life to the fullest and prove that age is merely a number .....and here is a little poem for you....

Another Year

I’m wishing you another year
Of laughter, joy and fun,
Surprises, love and happiness,
And when your birthday’s done,

I hope you feel deep in your heart,
As your birthdays come and go,
How very much you mean to me,
More than you can know.

By Joanna Fuchs


Have a magical day and save Cole some cake...He is singing Happy Birthday to you as I type...lol....he is the sweetest!!!

Hugsssssssssssssssssss
Diana & Cole.....

Manon Doyle said...

Happy Birthday, sisterfriend!
One margarita, two margaritas, three margaritas, floor! Knock yourself out today.... it's your day!!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

Angie Muresan said...

I wish to be as beautiful inside and out as you are Deb, when I am 57! Which by the way, you do not look! Happy Birthday to you, lovely lady!

Deborah said...

AWE!!! May I just say how all of you have MADE MY DAY!!! YIPPEE!
It's been a fantastic Birthday and the night has yet to begin...of course this will include my giggle buddy Dee, Margaritas, and DANCING! However, cheese is no longer my friend. Just sayin...

kj said...

I have to be brief--on my iPhone. You are beautiful and honest. That you're fiesty too makes you a jackpot friend. I'm blowing kisses back!!!

Have the best night in every way

Marie S said...

The only thing that is immature about you beautiful is your skin and body. LOL!! Somebody has to get it Deb, I am glad it is you.
I consider you fun loving, loves to have a good time, and sweet. Nothing immature about that.
Have a wonderful night for your birthday.

Kjohnson said...

Happy Birthday my love!!! You are more beautiful then ever! Hope it was fantastic, you deserve it!

Valrie said...

Happy Birthday to my new found friend! I totally high five your rebellious spirit on growing old. We are not old but young in heart and mind.Loved your poem!

Valrie

BT said...

Well a very happy birthday to you. I have popped over from Ces's blog as you have your very own post there. Did you know? Now you are famous. Or even more famous. What a great poem. I'm 61 and loving it!

Diana Evans said...

Hope you had a wonderful day!!! just popped in to see if you had any pics from your Birthday yesterday!!! hugsssssssssssss
Diana

linda cardina said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAUTIFUL GIRL!!!! 57??!!!! hot damn deb! u r a knock out! i hope u are have a great bday celebration.
xoxoxoxo
linda

Carolyn said...

I got your beautiful tag today !
Thanks so much - it`s even better seeing it in the flesh !

So glad you enjoyed your birthday ;o)
I love Vanessa`s card too !

Happy weekend kisses`s

xoxo

gail said...

Hello, I happened upon your blog visiting my friend Marie S. I saw in your profile you are in Gilbert. Being your neighbor in Tempe I just wanted to say hello:)

I hope you have had a wonderful birthday weekend! I have enjoyed reading your blog and love the poem on this post!
Have a pretty day, gail

Arija said...

Happy, Happy Birthday!!!!
I just came from Ces's, with that birthday tribute I could not help myself but come.
I love your birthday resolutions, fo me though, I dance naked in the garden, but then, God and the birds as well as a tew cows and sheep are my only audience.

Whatver comes your way, enjoy your life to the fullest!

Marie S said...

Did you have a wonderful birthday Deb?
Wine and cheese???
You are so welcome for the birthday wishes, it was all my pleasure.
Sometimes bloggie sends my messages to my spam folder, check there.
Happy Sunday
Love and hugs.

Shrinky said...

Ooooooooooooh, such a WONDERFUL set of life intentions, eeeeeeeeeeeee, so glad I popped by!

Happy belated.

(Um, I do wear purple, hope you don't hold that against me?)

Ces said...

How is my favorite birthday girl? Did you have fun? I hope so.

Actually, not bored, just overworked. Hahaha! I am working now!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

There has been a Milo sighting!

Ces said...

king my morning rounds before I become engulfed by work frenzy. Good morning beautiful. Tsup!

Ces said...

That would be "Making" not just "king".

Cottage Cozy said...

I am SOOO sorry I missed your birthday...I was out of town working on my parents' house in California! I love your birthday thoughts...I echo every one of them!

Hope you had a wonderful day!
Happy Happy Birthday!

Love, Carrie

Deirdra Doan said...

Happy late birthday!!!!

I have a photo of my self in a pink bikini and long brown hair...It looks so much like the photo of you! fun memories.

Javajune said...

Happy belated birthday my dear, so sorry I missed it! I'm sure there was dancing and celebrating in the cantina, hope you had a great time. You are indeed a wise and wild woman.
love you-jj

rhinestonearmadillo said...

Hi Deborah--

Happy belated birthday! I've falled behind on my blog lurking.

I loved the poem....what a great sentiment. Your photos are gorgeous. You look just as good now, though. Seriously----you just radiate health and happiness. You're one of the wonderful souls that makes me not worry about again so much. Stay happy on the inside and and look happy on the outside.

I hope 57 is your best year yet!!!!
-Laura

A Fanciful Twist said...

HAPPY HAPPPPPPy HAPPPy HAHAHHAAAAPPPPPPPPeeeee Belated magical wonderful birthday!!

I feel rotten done to the last bone for being so late for your birthday, but I send love your way everyday, and - becasue you are extra wonderful, it should be your birthday everyday!!!!!

You are such a joy and such a special soul, I send you heaps of love now and always!! Your sorry rotten friend ;)

LOVE you, Vanessa

ps: Boy you are and were one HOT MAMA!!

Studio At Crow Haven Farm said...

Happy Belated Birthday girl! I have to say, if I have one wish, it would be that when I turn 57 I look like you! Absolutely gorgeous and full of life. The creative spirit is felt throughout blogland that you generate to all of us! Happy Birthday...I'm so behind with blogging... Please forgive me! Special Hugs and Special Wishes!
Cheers

Cori G. said...

I deary me. I missed this most beautiful and funny post. Sitting hear reading it I'm tickled through to my toes ;-). No purple hat eh? Me neither!!! I will not conform to such things and instead will wear a hot pink one with a yellow feather tilted ever so slightly over my brow.
Oh, did you know that once my hair was green? Yes Green, but I think you'd look DEVINE with a hot pink streak ;-). Many happy birthdays to you my beloved friend!!!!!

xoxo