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Aging but Not Old

 

“Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.”
― Albert Camus

 

One of the quotes that haunts me the most of late is Peter Pan telling Wendy in dismay that she had gotten old. I know that advancing in years is inevitable yet the idea of giving into an arbitrary standard of behaviour, maturity and lifestyle disturbs me. I never want to lose the part of me that rebels against authority and the idea of being an or worse yet the authority does not sit easily with me. Yet being the parent of a teenager seems to thrust me in that position more often than I care to admit. At times it becomes an interesting dance between wanting the best for my son and trusting that when it comes along he will know it even if that means letting him make the mistakes that will lead to that discernment. Part of me envies the freedom he has to rebel in ways in which it does not seem workable for me to do at this point. Each day brings a new lesson and the hardest one of all is not only being there for him but letting him know that no matter what happens I will be there for him.
Blessings, G

 

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Devic EssenceExploding Essence by G A Rosenberg

 

PrecipitationPrecipitation by G A Rosenberg

Beautiful to Watch Them Grow

 

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

 

A youth in rebellion runs
racing with the night
and my heart races as well
at the sheer beauty
and the courage to experience self
if only in the negation
of what he’s known before
I watch torn between
the wish to be the sail
that enables his ship to catch the wind
and the need at times to be the anchor
When my own ship sailed
and I went racing off
it is those anchor moments
I cursed and later treasured
and those sail moments
to know that they believed
that I accepted gracelessly at the time
but now help me be.
He runs now by day and night
in full impulsive glory
Even rudderless he’ll make it through
May he shine among the stars.
— G A Rosenberg

 

Blessings, G

 

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Saluting MarsSaluting Mars by G A Rosenberg

 

ShapingShaping by G A Rosenberg

Beautiful to Watch Them Grow

 

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

 

A youth in rebellion runs
racing with the night
and my heart races as well
at the sheer beauty
and the courage to experience self
if only in the negation
of what he’s known before
I watch torn between
the wish to be the sail
that enables his ship to catch the wind
and the need at times to be the anchor
When my own ship sailed
and I went racing off
it is those anchor moments
I cursed and later treasured
and those sail moments
to know that they believed
that I accepted gracelessly at the time
but now help me be.
He runs now by day and night
in full impulsive glory
Even rudderless he’ll make it through
May he shine among the stars.
— G A Rosenberg

 

Blessings, G

 

Click on images to see full-sized:

 

Saluting MarsSaluting Mars by G A Rosenberg

 

ShapingShaping by G A Rosenberg