Turning of the Years

Animation of the structure of a section of DNA...

Animation of the structure of a section of DNA. The bases lie horizontally between the two spiraling strands. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is the turning of the years
One day like another
Yet marked by anniversaries
Of births, deaths, loves and loss
This is the turning of the years

Each seven years our cells
Reproduce and re-invent themselves
The DNA continues
Slightly modified by character
By choice, by preference and time
We re-allocate our energy and dreams
So different beneath our skin

I could believe that I am not
The child that I was once
Nor the youthful girl, she’s disappeared
A loss of innocence, too many tears
I’ve re-written all her inner selves
And put the past up on the shelf
I am not the same, I am an alien to my past
There is nothing so essential it must last

This is the turning of the years
This day each year I reflect
On the journey travelled and all
The jewels and wisdom I collect
It is not so much today is different
Only that it reminds me of the internal
Difference that is me
In this turning of the years

Β© Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights Reserved

About helenvalentina

Like most people, I have a number of sides to me. The most interesting one probably emerges through my writing, hence this blog. I love to read, and also to write, and so this is a way to share both.
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14 Responses to Turning of the Years

  1. anumshafique says:

    Beautifully expressed Helen! I really enjoyed it, especially the way you connected something so scientific as genetics with something so humane as changing psychologically over time, because of time.

  2. Excellent poem Helen, you have me reflecting on my own growth, the past I have that i m not sure I have put all on the shelf. Yes we do change, that is certainly the consequence of the passing of time, and the changes can in themselves be challenges. How to deal with not only the exterior changes but the internal ones, both mind and body.

  3. That third stanza really gets to me emotionally, I can really relate

  4. I hope your special day was filled with much love, Sis!!!! Oh, how I wish I could have brought you a big cake in person!!

  5. words4jp says:

    this is amazing. the way you have presented thoughts that can be quite disheartening, because, well, the truth such as getting older and losing what was… – can be very disheartening. your writing makes it feel not so much so – almost a beautiful thing. i should say yes i is beautiful, but it is me he who not enjoying the aging and letting go thing. πŸ™‚

  6. So beautifully written —
    and it hits me where I am living these days. Very, very well-written.

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