35 is
of the world
and not,
a stew of overjoyed
and discontent.

Maybe when I’m older
the balance changes?

I know when I was younger,
the scale slid far below
the line of happy; Things were so
dramatic then.

35 forms a crossroad,
a slow settling into your own bones.

Possibilities shine in the distance,
dirt glows under our feet.



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27 responses to “35

  1. So very true. And 55 leaves a deeper settling. I like how you used an age to get across the changes in us. thank you for writing to this prompt.

  2. That’s a nice age ~ But then it depends on your perspective on life ~ Possibilities always shine in the distance when you have a positive attitude ~ Thanks for joining in ~

  3. Glenn Buttkus

    At 35 one assumes they have unlocked & understood life’s secrets; but there, hopefully not even at the median of your years, so much more ferments in the future, for real love, introspection, wisdom & grandchildren all mass on the borders of your continuum, ready to thrill, titilate & possibly piss you off. Think of the poetry yet to be written.

  4. I felt like there was a lot of depth and wisdom in this poem! Beautifully executed 😀

  5. Oh.. 21.. 80 to me..
    Oh.. 22.. 18 again..
    Oh.. 47.. 1001 death as life..
    Oh.. 53.. 16 again.. age..
    a number.. stress a reality
    emotions real.. living always
    young.. guard emotions
    always living

  6. 34, so one more year until I settle? Woot! On a slightly seriouslier note, I’ve felt this change, a ‘mellowing’ of sorts, settling in. It’s definitely a difference from the rash and ready 20s and derpy teens that I experienced. In this way, I find your poem easily and widely relatable.

    I also read a bit into the glowing dirt beneath the feet. High noon seems to be an important moment, and not just for gunfighters. The sense of something important to happen, the impending path, or crossroads, ahead certainly to make all the difference… The precipice of change amidst changing.

    Thank you for an interesting read!


  7. The drama of youth have settled a little and still the aging bones seem far away.. Yes I think it might be that pivot point,

  8. Long ago I read the book “Passages” which describes each stage in life by decade..if you care to read that opinion of what the future might hold. At 68 we reflect a lot about the 2/3rds of our lives done and how to live the remainder…are we writing a good book?

  9. I really enjoyed this. Made me immediately start reflecting on my different ages and what change each brought. 35 was a happy time for me. I suppose I had settled in to my life and the rhythm of caring for two young girls and a household.

  10. For me, the big change of perspective came at 50, but you are right that 35 is a big change from our younger days. I believe the balance does continue to change, if we let our perspective change, towards contentment and away from drama. Peace, Linda

  11. Ayala

    Every age with the challenges it presents- I hope it just keeps getting better.

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