Getting Older, Joyfully

Posted by Sarah Sloane on Jan 9, 2010 in Uncategorized

When I was in my mid 20’s, I first read a poem called “I Am Becoming” by Jayne Relaford Brown; at the time it was inspiring to me as I started leaving behind some of the parts of my life that I just didn’t know what to do with. But now, staring 40 in the face with a delight that I never expected, the words come back to me with a visceral impact that inspires me to laugh and cry, at the same time.

I offer these words to you, and today I’m grateful for the strong, powerful, lovely, amazing, brilliant women who are my role models as I enter my next decade…

I Am Becoming
by Jayne Relaford Brown

I Am Becoming

by Jayne Relaford Brown

the woman I’ve wanted,
grey at the temples,
soft body, delighted,
cracked up by life
with a laugh that’s
known bitter
but, past it, got better,
knows she’s a survivor­
that whatever comes,
she can outlast it.
I am becoming a deep
weathered basket.

I am becoming the woman
I’ve longed for,
the motherly lover
with arms strong and tender,
the growing up daughter
who blushes surprises.
I am becoming full moons
and sunrises.

I find her becoming,
this woman I’ve wanted,
who knows she’ll encompass,
who knows she’s sufficient,
knows where she’s going
and travels with passion.
Who remembers she’s precious,
but knows she’s not scarce­
who knows she is plenty,
plenty to share.

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