The Woman I Am (A birthday tribute to those who helped shape me)

 

birthday photoI have always been taken

with things that have age

and history –

It is not growing older

that bothers me

it’s the realization

that time is fleeting

time is fickle –

time is ephemeral –

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But I also know  –

time is also precious

and with age comes wisdom

and I know what’s important

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When I was a child

I hid parts of myself

even to my own eyes

I would wrap myself

in a towel

and change my clothes

 under bed sheets

ashamed of my early development

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Now I walk from the shower

to my bedroom

in nothing

but

the lavender oil

that anoints my body

And I’m proud

of the woman I’ve become

Because I am the daughter

of Larry and Peggy

and the granddaughter

of James and Dorothea

and the sister of Jason

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And these people

shaped who I am

their blood is my blood

their particles are my particles

and my heart beats to their rhythm.

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And to hide myself

would be an injustice to them

So I will stand as proud as the lavender

that basks in the sun

and blows in the wind

before becoming the oil

that anoints my body

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And on this day of my birth

I will bask in their light

and feel their breath on my skin

because what’s important

is family

and love

and making the most

of fleeting time

©Kristian L. Weigman
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34 Responses to The Woman I Am (A birthday tribute to those who helped shape me)

  1. The V Pub says:

    Happy Birthday, Kristian! Have a great day celebrating your birthday, but beware that there are establishments that require you to wear more than just lavender oil. 😉

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  2. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Happy birthday!

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  3. simplywendi says:

    wishing you a very blessed Birthday – Day! 🙂

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  4. Sadje says:

    Lovely poem and tribute to your family. A very happy birthday 🎁

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  5. drjurisharma says:

    Happy Birthday 🎉God Bless !

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  6. Hippy Bathday, Kristian 😎

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  7. Hilary Tan says:

    Happy Birthday, Kristian! 🎂🎉

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  8. Happy Birthday Kristian and that was beautiful!

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  9. Laura Beth says:

    Happy Birthday!! I hope it’s been wonderful!

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  10. Lovely! Happy Birthday🎉🎉

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  11. happy birthday from another Larry. From the looks of your picture aging shouldn’t be a major concern of yours at your age

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    • kristianw84 says:

      Thank you!! Yes, I have been told I look younger than I am. Wrinkles will inevitably appear, but it just means I laughed a lot, so I’m not really concerned with aging. I just wish I had the ability to slow time down a bit, to be able to stretch out the minutes and hours I have left with my loved ones.

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  13. W.S.Thompson says:

    Beautifully written!!! Happy Happy Birthday

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  14. Charli Dee says:

    Oh I love it! Such a beautiful poem!

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