The years which have led me
into middle age
have yet been kind.
I have lost 20 pounds
I have gained strength, patience.
My eyes may not work as well
but I see much more clearly.
What I used to hate I now love
what I used to love I now adore
what I cannot change I accept—
what I can’t accept I try to change.
I am not what I will be
I am not what I once was—
and yet I appreciate everything
which has brought me here.
Copyright © Pat Connors. Originally published in BIG ART BOOK: En Route (Scarborough Arts, 2015).
Pat Connors chapbook, Scarborough Songs, was published by Lyricalmyrical Press in 2013, and charted on the Toronto Poetry Map. Part-Time Contemplative, his second chapbook with Lyricalmyrical, was released in 2016. He is a manager for the Toronto chapter of 100,000 Poets for Change. Find him on Twitter at @81912CON.