The Magic Line

This is for all of us who have lived __ years. (You fill in the blank.) And now we are older, perhaps wiser, but we will not ‘go quietly, in to that good night’ (Frost, Whittier ? I can’t remember, must be old age.) Hope you enjoy it.



The Magic Line

I woke up one morning,

and I was old.

And, it came on me faster,

than the common cold.

One day, I was a young man,

in my prime.

The next, it seemed,

I’d crossed, some magic line.


Now, when I look back,

at the memories, that I hold,

I can say, that I never,

killed or stole.

But, a few times I’ll admit,

my pride, I sold.

And that’s a fact,

that leaves me, feeling cold.


Oh, I’ve had me some times,

both good and bad.

I’ve got the scars to show,

for all, the times I had.

But, isn’t that,

what livings all about?

Make sure, that there’s a mark,

when you check out.


But, before I die,

and leave this world behind,

I still, have got some living,

on my mind.

And, though my face be wrinkled,

and it’s lined,

if you see me, on the street,

now, treat me kind.


For where, you’re standing now,

I walked that ground.

 And where I be,

your time, will come around.

And I would hate to be,

your regretful memory,

so, take this advice,

and know it’s sound.


If, your pride is all you have,

you’ve done okay.

And, when your life is through,

you’ve had your say,

then, you’ll have been a man,

of wealth and worth.

And left your mark,

that you, were here on earth.


Yes, you’ll wake up, one morning,

and you’ll be old.

Yes, it’ll come on faster,

than your common cold.

One day, you’ll be a young man,

in your prime,

and the next, it seems you’ve crossed,

that magic line.


 Jack Downing

Mar. 2011




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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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One Response to The Magic Line

  1. Beth Ann says:

    Did you know today was my birthday??? Is that why you posted this today??????? Great post today!!! One to be saved for sure!!!

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