Aging gracefully

For decades I craved


Venturing into

Unknown places

Unknown faces

Perilous conditions

To feel that twist

And hackle stand

High alert and alive

A boy walks straight when

Surrounded by the enemy

Head down? Hell no!

Proud strong and fierce

Practice that laser look

Unblinking and


Back ‘em up

Watch ‘em back down

Now decades past

Still proud

More settled

Not nearly so restless

Focus on flow

Dancing between the briars

Around hazards

Willing to halt

And consider

This life lived



A spine curves
For good reason.