An old age brings a new understanding
Awareness of frailty and life’s ultimate ending
But also wisdom of how we think and feel
And what is of value and what is real

Our bodies begin to fail already
But our emotions more balanced and steady
We can now choose how to live again
This second life is not loss but gain

Letting go of what controlled us
Forgiving those who wronged against us
Living anew with new hope and meaning
Old life dies and new life is beginning

Feb. 13, 2014