When I Was One and Twenty (with apologies to A.E. Housman)

When I was One and Twenty

(With apologies to A.E. Housman)

When I was one and twenty,

My world was make-believe.

A play directed by others

I felt compelled to please.


But now I’m one and seventy,

The play is on the shelf.

No lines to learn, no marks to hit,

The director is myself.

About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is an essayist with humorist tendencies and a passion for photojournalism. She has published four nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay collection and a collection of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. She has been blogging for seven years as her alter ego, The Red Man, her rescued Welsh terrier but now is reduced to writing as herself since the Red Man left Casa de Canterbury for good in February of 2016. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike and Charly.
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11 Responses to When I Was One and Twenty (with apologies to A.E. Housman)

  1. Robyn Whyte says:

    Hear hear


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  2. Luanne says:

    I love this! Wait, did you have a birthday? If so, happy happy. And if not, at least you are now the director, a lesson I literally tried to hit my daughter (an actor) over the head with when she was recently visiting.

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  3. I think that is great, Sheila. We become more and more ourselves I guess…MOL 😀 Happy one and seventy ❤ Pawkisses for a Wonderful Weekend 🙂 ❤

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  4. reocochran says:

    I am somewhat more confident now that I am 61, but I still have time to become wiser still, Sheila. 😉
    Happy birthday week, dear Sheila and tell Teresa hello too! (I miss Red and sometimes want to use Pretty for your special one. xoxo


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