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Poetic License: One extra day at a time

By Staff | Jun 24, 2015

For Robert Hilliard on his 90th birthday

I

Got through my first ninety,

The rest will be easy chill,

No more puffing up life’s mountain

Just coasting back downhill.

Waking up each morning

With new challenges to find,

As I play out my fourth quarter

One extra day at a time.

II

I smile when I watch the sun set

And say, “Hasta maana, baby,

I’ll be here when you’re rising,

No if, and, but, or maybe.

And as I wake next morning

One thought runs thru my mind –

To play out my fourth quarter

One extra day at a time.”

III

Got me more love than ever,

Old Devil Lust gone away,

More joy in being together,

New memories born each day,

Happy to wake each morning

Next to my love sublime,

Playing out that fourth quarter

One extra day at a time.

IV

Get a big bang from the universe

Looking deep up at the stars,

We were once all stardust

Just like Jupiter and Mars,

In the early light of evening

I watch that new moon climb,

Playing out that fourth quarter

One extra day at a time.

V

My whole world’s turned positive,

No more room for doom and gloom

The iceman’s still a-coming

But it won’t be someday soon.

So I’ll wake each morning

And watch a new day shine,

Playing out my fourth quarter

One extra day at a time.