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Forty Something

I thought my life
Had prepared me for everything
I thought the first forty-six years
Were the ones that gave me the most trouble

Much like the old rusty car
You spend your first three months wages on
When you’re in your really early twenties
Hoping it will get you up the hill
And maybe round a few bends

Well I’m here to tell you
That my life didn’t prepare me
For the next chapter…
Did yours?

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I want the raw truth, feel free to knock me on my back
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it's true we can always prepare yet we can never forsee, or maybe we can?
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Liked this quite a bit Teddy, and my answer to your query is a hard no! There is a lot to ponder as we continue our journeys, often accompanied with much doubt. I like your title, but I may have gone with just Forty Something. Just a thought, although who am I to question this since I used Big Red Plastic Light-Up Santa as a title - LOL! Well done here!


Michael Anthony

I loved your big red plastic light-up Santa
And I love your idea in my title, that's why we are here and I cannot thank you enough you see I'm still getting it wrong!lol

On a serious note, life can change in a moment that's for sure and I'm sure I will keep on being surprised and un prepared...Thank you so much.

Thank you...Teddy

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Yep. And imagine that we thought 2020 was the worst of it

Oh my goodness, sometimes I wish I was just a Beatle. lol

Thank you...Teddy

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married three times, I can assure you, that I never thought my life would take the twists and turns that it did. I can say in retrospect; if I had thought some things through, maybe I wouldn't have made some of the decisions I did and things might have turned out much differently. Be that as it may, I found your little poem a reminder of how we should watch out for those little curves in the road. ~ Geez.

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Some would say you are a glutton for punishment! (Cheeky Grin) oh goodness you poor guy my husband always says one women is enough at anytime, actually So is one husband! Yes twists and turns everywhere in every day, but I have to say wouldn't life be so boring without it all? I suspect that even if I reach the ripe old age of 100 I still won't be prepared the day after. Always a pleasure to see you and hear your views.

Thank you...Teddy

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Hi, Teddy,
Ha! You are so right! At sixty-something, I am still like the rusty car you've described: hoping to get up the hill and around a few bends! Very little has happened to me that was part of my plan, but all good! Nice reflective poem.
Thank you!

I am only worth what I know today, preparations knowledge there's always something to be learnt every day and no matter what I knew in my 20' 30's or 40's there will be more. Thank you my sweet friend. I cherish your visits.

Thank you...Teddy

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I'm fifty sth, but still learning. Life is a journey where you never stop learning. To stop learning means you're not alive any more and that's one of the most thrilling fact about life. Your poem dug deep into this very true aspect about life,
NOW, was that a witty way to know how old is each of us(grins). No offense is taken if so..}:‑)


Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words
........Robert Frost☺

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LOL you put it so well, yes life is a journey, it is always a pleasure to see you and I would never take offence, you are a great sport. I'm so glad you have enjoyed this. If I have learnt anything from the past it would have been to buy a dog instead of marrying my husband. (Giggle)

Thank you...Teddy

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Hi dear Teddy, I apologize for not visiting more often and missing all your lovely poems, as well as the rest of neopoets.
I've had a good laugh reading all the comments above, they are so true and amusing. In answer to the question, I also say a big NO. At least, the worst events in my life were unforeseeable. Perhaps I sometimes feel that an event is ahead, but it's a hazy thought.
You have already adjusted the title, so I have no nits. The spacing is fine and the content original, as are all of your poems.
A big virtual hug, Gracy

"My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies; fairy tales of yesterday will grow but never die, I can fly, my friends.” – Freddie Mercury

It is so lovely to see you, and I get a chuckle if you get a chuckle so I am so pleased you have enjoyed this. We do have fun here don't we. X
A huge virtual hug dear friend.

Thank you...Teddy

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