Psalm 90:10 "The days of our years are threescore years and ten." by King David, The Bible.
Heard about three score & ten when I was a young kid. At that time,
it seemed a long way away. Now, am rapidly approaching it:
I reached the grand old of 69, 13th December 2020. I was born 13/12/51 Year of the Metal Rabbit - (see Memoirs)
Petrarch, (1304-1374) died at 69. At the tender age of 19, I wrote "Petrarch pre-empted what I want to say" (Songs of Frustrated Lust & Seduction, page17)
69, my beloved William Blake's age when he died
Wagner was 69 when he croaked (very musically, of course.)
Age of Aldous Huxley when he died? You've guessed it: 69 of course!
The late, great Bowie's death was at 69
My little legacy hardly matches theirs.
Not all die of natural causes - Saddam Hussein was executed by hanging at the age of 69.
Lots of people died aged 69, lots didn't!
Not forgetting the french for 69, Soixante-neuf in its sexual sense (See Japanese "Shunga" picture here), also referred to in an early work, before I'd actually experienced the intimate erotic bliss of it:
that's quite a mouthful when you're young"
Songs of Frustrated Lust & Seduction (Page 3)
Some, if not all, 69 year olds are, of course, capable of participating in & enjoying such an athletic activity. Thankfully I do!
3 SCORE YEARS & 10 MINUS 1
"Not dark yet but it's getting there"
MAKE A WISH
13, they say, is lucky for some. For a start, personally, I was born on the 13th. A mixed blessing? Mustn't grumble I suppose. To be more precise, I was born at home on that date, at about 8.55 a.m., am told.
The venerable Thich Nhat Hanh refers to "Continuation" Days rather than Birthdays. Gives one a different perspective. "Continution" refers to the idea of there being no birth & no death. Scientifically speaking, matter can't be created or destroyed, & simply changes form. Before so-called birth, I existed in my mother & father, & in turn their grand-parents & their ancestors, way back to the first protoplasmic life. One could speculate that unborn/undying awareness enters at the moment of conception, when sperm & ovum fuse, thus becoming embodied. Hence, what I call "I" can be characterised in a narrative sense as a "continuation".
So, in terms of name & form, this is currently "my" 69th orbit round old SOL.
PS 14th December 2020, New Moon:
Yesterday, (dead & gone), rain all day, "auspicious" rain? Today, drew the curtan to reveal sunshine, mainly clear sky, only a few ever-changing, wispy clouds.
69 years PLUS one day old. I am now in the 69th year of my age. I'm in my 69th year now. Am now as always was, in terms of immaculate, immediate awareness of sheer being, uncluttered by impermanent "stuff" & "non-sense", undamaged by dents & blows of "my" ephemeral, embodied existence.
Taking nothing for granted, I wish to express great gratitude simply for being alive...
Hope not famous last words!
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