24 February 2011



I do believe you need to
say hello to sixty years

to those whose age
falls short ‘nobility’
is what it means;

of course there’s other
ways to say ‘generosity
of spirit’ and ‘fairness’
easy springs to mind 

– but sixty years
reminds one that it’s
true a life is but a trifle
bought with time.

So here today we
celebrate your age
and pay a homage due,

you’re everything and
ever more imagined for
in good and clean and
real and pure

– so who’s to say that angels
don’t mature at sixty years; my dear,
you are an Angel, that’s for sure.
© 19 November 2010, I. D. Carswell

For Helen Mary Rose on her 60th Birthday