Ravi Rajan is a software program director who writes on varied subjects from history, archaeology to leadership and writing techniques
When I read Brenda Arledge's week-21 prompt "age", two contrasting thoughts came to my mind.
- The reality - we all age every day
- The fantasy - age is just a number
That set me thinking. Why do we need to fool ourselves into thinking that age is just a number? Why do we need to prove to others that we are much more energetic than our 40-something body? Can't we just go beyond numbers ?
Yes, just treat age like a motley of imperfect, gobbledegook experiences that have given us the wisdom to make our lives a little better every day. As George Burns has rightly said.
You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.
The below poem is a collection of haikus about the journey of life and how aging plays an important role in it. Needless to say, they are inspired by dear Hubber Brenda Arledge's wonderful prompt "Age".
The Fascinating Journey of Life
Hate and love exist,
play and repeat in my life,
as an ageless song.
Loneliness is good.
It brings lost love, fond memories,
and an aging heart.
A lone cricket sings,
among new shoots of bamboo,
as I hide gray hair.
I write, edit, rewrite,
and create a masterpiece.
Singing, planting rice,
village life makes me younger,
from stressful city life.
© 2021 Ravi Rajan