If at age eighty five
If 031914 SPEAKINGOUT 1 Capital City Weekly If at age eighty five
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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If at age eighty five

I find myself alive

that will be just fine,

but thought I needed a deadline

though not necessarily such a non-metaphoric one,

but one to get whatever hoped for done,

to publish whatever I intend to publish,

to follow up on every neglected wish.

Fifteen years was inarguably arbitrary,

being loaded with neither hope nor despair

mostly plucked so to speak from thin air,

but soon I began to hedge my bet.

At age seventy, fifteen more years seemed plenty,

but by age seventy two, thirteen seemed too few.

Now at almost 75 I had a yen for more than ten.

So with the number never firmly set

I'm considering changing my bet

to fifteen years from the present year

thus if I'm still alive at eighty five

my deadline will slide to an even hundred.

By Richard Stokes