Sunday, October 21, 2012

On Turning Fifty-Six


R.A.D. Stainforth's excellent read

It's the sum

of the first six
triangular numbers,

some kind of
Stonehenge black magic,
being born in '56,
then turning it.

Somebody said,

"Watch your back,
both Abe and Adolf
were shot in the head
at fifty-six

both the good and bad
could be targeted."

My Alice was good,
leader of a certain world,
hers no less tragic,
dead at the same age.

But I should be okay

my name doesn't begin
with the pyramid A,

I'll avoid theaters,
packing,
and most of all,
politics.



tk, October 2012

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66 comments:

  1. Oh to be 56; although I doubt if A and A thought so.

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  2. Be prepared for a wild year :)
    God save any fool who dares to stop you.

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  3. Happy birthday! I loved the poem.

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  4. Once again, Happy Birthday!

    As a member of the 56 in '56 club (Lorenzo too, as you know), I especially enjoyed your clever poem.

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  5. Avoid theaters? Ah, but you cannot. Life is a theater. And you must remain on center stage! Mystical poem, Tess. Perfect setup for the last day of October!

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    1. Thanks, Rick...I don't know about center state, though...

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  6. Happy Natal Day! It's a nice round number. An even year :)
    Loved the poem

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  7. I like your reasoning. I think you're safe for at least another year. Many happy returns of the day!

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  8. I was born in 49 and I survived my 49th year..... except I wasn't sure I would survive my 50th birthday party at the conclusion of it, hee hee..... but I did. Looking forward to sharing your 57th, next year. Love and best wishes, dear friend. xoxo BTW- great prompt and poem.

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  9. I am trying to remember 56, both the year and the age.

    Wishing you another year of love, inspiration and creativity. Quoth the magpie, "Evermore."

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  10. great words Tess and happy birthday!!
    and thank you for the mag.....i look forward to it every week..xx

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  11. Looking good, girl!
    Hard to believe.

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  12. Happy birthday and great poem.
    I think you are out of danger Tess. For everyone it is the year running up to the fiftieth that holds the dangers being seven blocks of seven years. I too was born in 49 and my year up to my fiftieth birthday... well we won't go into that :(

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  13. Lovely photo of you, dear. We are of course in the final weeks before the turning of the age...or maybe not. Isn't it strange that the main heat of the 2012 thing was spent by 2011? Conspiracy and esoteric stuff has this way of waxing and waning. I find I WANT some of it to be true. If wishes were horses, beggars would ride...

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    1. I'm not so sure about all this stuff...but like you, I want some of it to be true!

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  14. wunnerful!

    Happy Birthday, Tess.

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  15. '56, the year I was demobbed from the RAF. Worst decision of my life, with hindsight. Should have signed on again!
    On t'other hand I then re-united with the lovely Patricia Teare, my ballroom teacher of some 5 years prior. Then I met my wife, another Patricia ...
    56 is the new 40. So I think you are still so very young, and beautiful. As is your poetry. I wish you all you wish for yourself, and more.
    Love, Phil

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    1. Yes yes...the new 40...I like that...a lot!

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  16. Ah you spring chicken. Many happy returns Tess. Make sure you have some CAKE!

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  17. Enjoyed that. Mindst you, I'm 57.

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  18. Hey Tess! Many happy returns to you - though I must say, you don't look anywhere near 56.

    Kit x

    P.S. Thank you for being my second follower. I am honoured :)

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  19. Fantastic! Very good advice.

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  20. You ... beautiful you! Upward and onward ~~ 57, here I come!

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  21. Happy Happy Birthday Tess! I just turned 70....now I really want to stay away from politics!

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  22. Belated birthday wishes. I've been thinking more about this with the passage of the day. Math and numbers were always my least favorite topic in my youth, but with the passage of time I have come to embrace their beauty and elegance. My dad was a CPA and loved numbers. In his final years as he struggled with Alzheimer's he became obsessed with counting things and always with amazing accuracy, like an autistic child. It brought him great comfort, and initially annoying, I came to find it poetic and beautiful. In a world that no longer made sense, he found beauty in counting coins in the jar or leaves in the tree. In our final weeks together, our relationship became more primal and loving. I came to see aging, death and loss as an unexpected gift.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your beautiful experience...

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  23. Superstitious- don't know- sometimes you just need to watch out- Thanks!

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  24. So happy birthday! I too was born in 56 and turned 56 this year--have a wild ride! Great piece!!

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  25. 56? Madam, surely you are pulling my leg, what with a glamor shot like that. Happy Birthday!

    Lovely poem, too.

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  26. Happy birthday, Tess! Enjoyed your take on "56". If 56 is that gorgeous and youthful, then I won't mind....

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  27. Happy Birthday and thank you for sharing it with us on your fantastic blog!

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  28. happy birthday. clever poem. may you have many more wonderful years of writing and living.

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  29. What a clever poem indeed, and your photo is just priceless...oh the stories one could spin! I hope you are have a special day....it's your day, or possibly your week, right!! Happy Birthday!

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  30. You're on top of it! Smart to stay out of politics, be Happy!!

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  31. Tess, lovely photo, Happy Birthday! This was such a fun prompt. At this moment when I attempt to link and I open your Mag page I only get the photo. This was not true 30 minutes ago. Ah well.

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  32. I've noticed you stay out of politics and that's perhaps the secret of your youthful looks! 46 was great! Or was it?

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  33. Wishing you a most Happy Birthday.

    I was born in 1946 and turned 66 this year.

    Choose well to make your golden years as happy as possible. I have been more myself in these later years.

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  34. oh dear Willow TESS
    hAPPY bIRTHDAY
    AND YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL

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  35. Happy, happy birthday, our dear Willow (Tess)! I am so grateful to know you here on these internets --

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  36. Happy Birthday gorgeous fellow Libra! xxxxxxx

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  37. Fifty six? You look fabulous! See you soon!

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  38. I loved the last line best of all- excellent poem!

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  39. Yes..avoidance is sometimes the best way.....esp.theaters!!!
    Love you take
    Hugs
    SUeAnn

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  40. Haha! Love your attitude here! May you have many more happy birthdays, Tess!

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  41. Happy Birthday! Many returns of the day!

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  42. Happy birrrrthdaaaay tooo yoooou, happy birrrrthdaaay toooo yooou, haapy birrrrthday dear Teeeess, haaappy birrrrthday toooo yoooou! (sung in my very best, off-key alto).

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  43. happy you had a happy day
    you deserve to salt the joy away
    make you safe throughout each day
    don't have fear for another way
    each day is special
    as are you
    better older than
    feeling blue

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    1. I wish I could thank you in person, Anon...

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  44. Thank you so very much for your kind birthday wishes...you made my day extra special, dear friends...

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  45. Happy birthday Tess, dont walk under any teepee ladders ! . ( you dont look a day over 33)

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  46. Belated birthday greetings, ma'am, and many more. On you, 56 could easily be 36--or less!

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  47. Happy Birthday - you look very very young, and write with a great sensuality that also belies your age. k.

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  48. Happpy belated birthday, and I'll add my bit about how young you look!±

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  49. Happy Birthday Tess....I cannot believe you are 56!!! You look AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL!!

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  50. Avoiding politics is probably a pretty good bet just now...

    Happy birthday!

    =)

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  51. I'm with you, Tess. Happy Birthday you!!!!

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  52. Hope you had a GREAT Birthday! 56 sure looks good on you! Now share with us your beauty secrets ~ pretty please!

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  53. Yes, you look wonderful darling, and you simply glow with the joy of being this joy; many blessings and ~Happy Birthday Tess all year long~enjoy~!!!

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  54. Happy birthday and and many happy returns. :-)

    Your poem is lovely.

    ~Imelda

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