Sevenling (At twenty)
At twenty, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life; at thirty, I was excited to pursue my dreams; at forty, I felt broken. At twenty, I was studying engineering in college; at thirty, I was studying Torah in Israel; at forty, I studied my belly button. Fifty? A crapshoot.
- Lines one to three should contain three connected or contrasting statements, or a list of three details, names or possibilities. This can take up all of the three lines or be contained anywhere within them.
- Lines four to six should similarly have three elements (statements, details, names, or possibilities) connected directly or indirectly or not at all.
- The 7th line should act as a narrative summary or punchline or an unusual juxtaposition.
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43 thoughts on “Just a number? or: Late to my party”
LOL! The forties and the fifties have much potential. A very funny one, David. 🙂
💛 Terveen 💛
At retirement, you’re twenty again, except that you can set goals based on a lifetime of experience. Your major life decisions are behind you. “What do I want to be when I grow up?” “Where do I want to go to college?” “Who will I marry?” “Where will we live?” “How can I prepare this child for their own major life decisions?” At retirement, you are free to work on your bucket list and enjoy your grandchildren, if you have any. (I don’t.) “What legacy can I leave behind?”
David, I enjoyed this poem immensely. The sevenling seems like a form I would like to try. It was wonderful to learn more about the stages of your life so far. I hope the coming years of your life are joyous and fulfilling! ❤
💘 Cheryl 💘
Brilliantly observed 👏👏👏❤
💝 D. A. 💝
50 should be fun, David! All that navel gazing will yield some excellent derivations! 😎
Love this. 😀❤️
💜 Punam 💜
Beautiful post, David! ❤
I too am clueless on what to do ahead in life..
🧡 Komaljeet 🧡
At 70, they all blur together, so don’t get too worked up about it. (K)
nah – it’s not my birthday, and 50’s still a way’s away… I’m just navel-gazing here 😀
So relatable , David. Love it.💕
❤ 🙂 Grace ❤ 🙂 ~ thanks!
My pleasure, David 💕
A wonderful post David! I’m in my 20s and just as you said I have no idea what I want. So this is relatable😄✨👏🏼
💞 Deeksha 💞 ~ thanks! I wish you luck in figuring it out…. I’m still in the process 😂
Wishes for both of us then😄✨
🤪 Probably for most of humankind, if we’re being honest!
Lol! That’s true😆😅
Don’t matter what you call it, eminently readable and precisely nails it. Good one.
💪🙏🏻 Espie 💪🙏🏻
50 was a golden year – I shed expectations and found life to be wonderful! And so it goes in a circular course from youth of body to youth of mind recovered!
🤍 Muri 🤍
I liked this one
🙃💕 JYP 🙃💕
Awesome! How time changes perspective from far to near. Excellent work David!
🤎💗 Suzette 🤎💗