ninety nine

Ninety nine – that number resonates.

What does it mean to be that age?

It means a weaker body and using a walker.

It means pain – chronic pain that never goes away.

Ninety-nine – that number resonates.

What does it mean?

It means recalling the years of childhood

As years with a golden glow but not dwelling on

The scarcity of those years, the near poverty.

Ninety nine – that number resonates.

What does it mean?

It means reliving the Glories of Love

And the despair of loss – the Loss of two

Husbands, one young and one old.

Ninety nine – That number resonates.

What does it mean?

It means the wisdom that comes from

Living many years and the humility

that comes from growing wiser.

Ninety nine – that number resonates.

What does it mean?

It means watching your children, grandchildren,

Great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren

Arrive and grow up.

Ninety nine – That number resonates.

What does it mean?

It means a life well-lived, joyous and busy,

Full of love and service,

Ninety nine years of laughter and care.