My grandmother’s birthday falls today.
She would be 116 years old
a good long span of time for anyone.
As it was she died at 86, prompting
my own mother’s vow to surpass
her in age. And that she did
by nearly a decade, prompting my
vow to go at 82, which leaves
(at this writing) twenty one years
to live fully and well, twenty one
years to figure out the basics of
A tall order I realize but then maybe
I’ll be ready next go round
to tackle higher aims.