Ow! Ow! Ow!
I just hit a brick wall.
These days seniors like us hit many brick walls Some because of health and age issues. Some because of financial problems. The wall I hit was about a relationship.
In my 80+ years of life I have learned much about getting through tough spots. Persistence and prayer usually work. But a brick wall? Butting my head against a brick wall can just get me hurt … not through it. If I keep trying I just get angry and bitter. Not good. I want to live my geezer years in joy!
Why is there a brick wall between me and the person, (a woman) in the relationship? There could be one of two reasons. The obvious reason is that the other person wants no more of me. Forcibly trying to break through that wall would be harassment. I don’t want that. But there is another possibility. It could be that God put the brick wall there because I was getting hurt in the relationship and God was watching my back. Butting my head against a wall that God built is dumb and stupid.
Is there another way? Another way to live my geezer years in joy? Yes there is but there is a little pain involved. I need to change, like look and move in a new direction. Change always requires a little pain … for a while … but it is good pain.
And so I look in a new direction. And see new people. And there are no walls.
I guess God has my back!
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“You don’t do sex and love scenes well!” That is what a friend of mine said about my writing. She has read much of the stuff I write while it was still in draft … unpublished. She was, “of course” saying that about my “writing.” I never did any sex or love scenes live with her. So, she would not know if I was “awesome” live. I’m a Geezer but I still have some life. How about you?
Maybe my friend likes her sex and love scenes hotter than I write. My writing is not “overtly” graphic for a reason. I want the reader’s imagination to fire the scene to their desired level of passion. I’ll just supply the clues.
My friend “hated” the draft of a novel of mine she reviewed that dealt with some love and sex issues. So I put the work aside for a while. I picked it up later and did some rewriting and finished it. And gave it a new tile, “Love Outside the Lines.”
My intended readers are Biddies and Geezers. I don’t think the younger readers have enough life experience to appreciate the situations the characters of the book live through. But you do!
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As a Geezer who lives alone, I have relationships that are only at a distance … on the internet. This is a poem about one of these:
A love poem in the sunset years
There is a Realm
Located not in space and time.
And there your soul and mine
Oh do not fret
That in the here and now
Or in the there and then
We were to other souls inclined
And love them yet.
The Author of All Grace
Has formed this special place
And named it just for us.
And ‘though I cannot touch your hand,
No physical thing for us is planned,
And ‘though the words we share are weak,
We text each other, rarely speak,
Together now, we truly swim
In waves of love
Sent from above
And it is Grand.
Know this, my dear,
And do not fear.
‘Though Time in this world will turn the page.
We’re joined forever in our realm
We shall not age.