I am going to the birthday party for a friend who will be ninety, and the requested gift is poems, so I have been looking for poems that seem to fit the occasion.
If you have any suggestions, please send them my way.
Here are two so far.
Long Sight In Age
They say eyes clear with age, As dew clarifies air To sharpen evenings, As if time put an edge Round the last shape of things To show them there; The many-levelled trees, The long soft tides of grass Wrinkling away the gold Wind-ridden waves- all these, They say, come back to focus As we grow old.
This is Lucille Clifton from her book 'good woman'.
i am running into a new year and the old years blow back like a wind that i catch in my hair like strong fingers like all my old promises and it will be hard to let go of what i said to myself about myself when i was sixteen and twentysix and thirtysix even thirtysix but i am running into a new year and i beg what i love and i leave to forgive me