Seven Degrees of Wisdom – Aging

We gathered together, for close to a year. We are seven writers.  Some of us are published authors, some not.  We range in age from early 20s to early 80s.  We represent a variety of cultures from the three countries we were born in and the nationalities that form our heritage.  We have lived on four different continents and travelled across a large part of this planet we call home. We are, each of us, far from our place of birth, some more so than others. Together we created  7° of Wisdom.

This is an excerpt from our book:


Joss Burnel

You’re getting old
they say
Not everyone
has the privilege
of aging.

Of becoming
old and frail
old and

Playing through
Dancing through
our youth
unaware of
what the years
will bring of
travail and sorrow.

We give
to our self
to others
Contracts are
agreements made

And the gods
not smirking
not poking fun
a laughter born
of wise knowing

Plans, goals
none of them
can stand
the winds
of sad fortune.
Frivolity has its
The landscape
changes at will.

We join hands
we share
We hold one
another close
pouring out
and laughter.

We stand
too often
seeking connection
hungry to be

With age comes
that the only day
to be our
true selves
is this moment

Life becomes
more precious
the longer we
are here

A child’s
wild laughter
the beat of
a hummingbird’s
the consummate
beauty of
winter’s rose

The trail ends
and all
that is left
is the whisper
of beauty.

We age
of love’s
in the memory
of laughter’s

The mystery of
calls us to
join in the
dance of the
starlit night.


(7° of Wisdom / Welcome to Our Circle is available, in paperback and eBook format here )

book cover seven degrees



10 thoughts on “Seven Degrees of Wisdom – Aging

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  1. A beautiful illustration of process of aging, as they say “Old is Gold” many people degrade the other person thinking that the respective person is old & might not “fit” into their social circle but my personal perspective is that every individual is like wine who simply just get better with age. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post! According to your convenience please do read some of my writings would love to know what you think about them ☺️

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    1. Thank you for your presence here and your wise awareness. I am in the midst of editing today but will visit your writings this evening. I’ve left your blog open on my browser to remind me.

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