I've aged only one year
but my children's combined tally
creeps closer to my maturing years.
I've written a small mountain of words
but the memoir in me
grows faster than I can capture it.
I've been a teacher in a Pacific idyll
but I've learnt more
than I've imparted.
I've immersed myself
in the history of my community
only to discover that I know very little.
I've lived my 37th year
in a partnership both
baffling and satisfying.
I've read a lot
becoming a better reader,
more discerning and insightful.
I've spent more time alone
and found good company within,
and out and about.
I haven't been paid
but I have worked hard
hoping the tax man is losing interest.
There were things lost -
a job, or two; a son leaves home
But I have no memory of funerals.
I have valued relationships and relatives
I have valued time and also tide
I am again a fortunate man.
Have a great holiday season everyone.
See you in 2012.
steve aka 'little hat'