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


written 6.6.15


  1. kanzensakura says:

    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.

    1. Thank you for reading~ I’ve loved the responses. I posted this to my Facebook when I turned 35 and the comments were great. Discussion of age seems to draw us out like few other topics. 🙂 I will write another at 55 (i hope!!)

      1. kanzensakura says:

        Do another at 40! 45! I would seem to be the start of a wonderful poetic custom. I am glad you have received good comments and hope you will continue to come visit us here at d’Verse.

      2. I love this idea!! 🙂 Yes, I will continue to visit and support d’Verse!

      3. kanzensakura says:

        Excellent. thank you so very much

  2. Grace says:

    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 ~

    1. 🙂 Truth! Thank you for reading and thanks for welcoming me to the dVerse community!

  3. Glenn Buttkus says:

    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.

    1. YES!!! I am so excited for the journey ahead and the poems around the corner…..

  4. Sanaa Rizvi says:

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

    1. Thank you so much!! Appreciate the read!

  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

    1. aaaaah yes. age. time. existence. what is real? we may never know~

  6. el34ax7 says:

    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!


    1. haha one more year! 🙂 thanks very much for reading and for your wonderful comment! crossroads happen at all stages of life but i really feel it this year!

      1. el34ax7 says:

        If you’re ever stuck, just call for Willie Brown.

  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,

    1. Thanks Bjorn! Appreciate the feedback – yes, the internal drama has subsided a bit. More perspective. I anticipate that the lens only gets longer!

  8. Kathy Reed says:

    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?

    1. I love the concept – are we writing a good book? Gives you a new perspective on how your life unfolds. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  9. Bodhirose says:

    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.

    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting! One of the magical things about poetry is an ability to reflect on our ages and cycles of life in words. Yay!

      1. Bodhirose says:

        You’re so very right about that. Yay! :~)

  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

    1. I will look forward to 50 then 🙂 Towards contentment, away from drama… seems like the start of a new poem! Thanks for reading!

  11. Ayala says:

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

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