Poem: Free Verse – “Words After Turning Thirty-One” #amwriting #poetry 



What do we become as women at thirty-one?

Are we put out to pasture? 
Or are we doing the kicking to the curb? 

Are we like the woman of the 1960’s? 

Childless, no husband, so no value? 

Are we no longer desired? 

Are we spinsters, old-maids, bachelorettes for life? 

Or are do we fit my Uncles words:

“The most beautiful women are in their thirties.” 

Is it just the beginning, or is it the end? 

A last stretch of youth?

Or maybe, a reach for adulthood? 

Where some intelligence kicks in, 

And you’re tired of the lies, 

Meaningful nights; mornings depressed. 

So, you’ll wait for the right kind of guy, 

With the right kind of flaws;

Or maybe you live your own charmed life? 

Happy to be single, confident, relaxed.

Is it coming out of bubble gum and pink clouds? 

Finally not a girl;

But a woman who can impact change? 

Is it refinement and elegance? 

A striving for grace and eloquence? 

Is it realizing there is no Prince Charming? 

No white horse or Disney fairytale? 

Building your own life,

Do you forge it the best you can? 

Is it becoming aware even greater, 

Your teachers in childhood are growing older;

Your most lives won’t be around forever, 

So, you gather their wisdom while you can;

Spend time with them now.

Time steals loved ones; be they young or old.

Is thirty-one when you realize,

You are not impervious to dying at anytime in life? 

Severe fatigue, cancer, lupus, Thyroid troubles, 

Depression, anxiety, car accidents, the flu, MS;

Disease in some form, affects us all, 

Bodies which don’t bounce back as easily;

Requiring movement to maintain fitness,
And junk food, oh you’ll pay for it later! 

Sharing a bottle of vodka, tequila, or wine;

Drinking almost all of it, 

Can this be done anymore, and survived? 

Two glasses of wine or two beers, 

Every once in a while seems alright, 

Or face the two-day hangover regrettfully.

The biggest thing about being thirty-one, 

I’ll never get back years in my twenties, 

Lost in fatigue and mental illness, affects of meds;

They’re fond memories of genuine friends;

Futures, I see possibilities of having.

But someone wise once wrote, at the ages if 15 to 32:

Don’t worry about marriage, kids, or being grown-up;

Just enjoy and learn, explore the world. 

The wanderlust calls to me endlessly, 

A mysterious adventure waiting;

Such planning, such difficulties, such hardship; 

For a fantastic trip; I could barely walk all day, 

Or afford it; but wouldn’t it be worth it? 

To have thousands of foot prints,

To cover my pages, and see it’s okay – life goes how it does.

Thirty-one it’s only begun; an age of aspirations, 

Hopefully, inspirations to write more of;

As numerous as my days in all my years allotted. 

Passion and a life to live, anyway I know how.

Grace of God abounding; encircling profoundly, 

His child, he won’t let stumble long.

He guards with angels, and —

His forever promise of light in the dark; 

As wise JK Rowling wrote through Dumbledore:

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times; 

If only one will Remember, to turn on the light.” 

©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved

21 thoughts on “Poem: Free Verse – “Words After Turning Thirty-One” #amwriting #poetry 

  1. stevetanham July 22, 2016 / 9:14 am

    There will come a time when you look back on 31 as very young. Enjoy the decade, and treasure it!

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  2. joyroses13 July 22, 2016 / 10:31 am

    You are still YOUNG! Make the most of it! And I JK Rowling’s quote that you end with!So True!

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    • mandibelle16 July 22, 2016 / 3:20 pm

      Thank you JR. Yes I know in the scheme of things 31 is still young. I was just thinking one night a week or so ago lol. Yeah,that Dumbledore quote one of my favs. Thanks for your thoughts.


  3. Jenn July 22, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    I needed this today. I enjoyed my twenties, but I’m coming into my own in my thirties. I never could have written a blog sharing my writing with others in my twenties. I cared too much about what other people thought. I feel like I’m getting to the point where I have so much to say, and it’s sad that as women age, the less relevant they become in some people’s eyes. Women just get better with age.

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    • mandibelle16 July 22, 2016 / 4:30 pm

      Great comments thanks Jen. Yeah, I agree women do get better with age. And I definitely get that caring less thing. I sometimes wish, I spent less time doing that when I was younger.

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    • mandibelle16 July 22, 2016 / 4:28 pm

      Thanks PJ. I wrote it last week. Had all these thoughts running through my head lol. Happy you enjoyed.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mandibelle16 July 22, 2016 / 4:33 pm

        Yes PJ. Last Saturday. It was good actually. I was just really grateful not to be in a hospital this year as I was the year b4 doing Med changes. I celebrated with family a couple times last week and I’m having brunch with some friends at the end of July. My chocolate cake was yummy and it was nice to have my Dad here (as he is is often travelling in China for work) in the summer 🙂


      • Priceless Joy July 22, 2016 / 4:38 pm

        Happy Belated Birthday, Mandi!! I’m glad you weren’t in the hospital too!

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      • mandibelle16 July 22, 2016 / 4:45 pm

        Thanks PJ 🙂 How has summer been for you? Have you been able to enjoy it, see your grandkids more?


      • Priceless Joy July 22, 2016 / 4:47 pm

        I have enjoyed summer! I don’t get to see my grandkids because they live in Phoenix. I plan on visiting in September.

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      • mandibelle16 July 22, 2016 / 5:04 pm

        I’m glad your is good. That sounds like a fi trip for Fall. Phoenix is lovely, especially when it’s not so hot 🙂


      • Priceless Joy July 22, 2016 / 7:35 pm

        It will still be pretty hot in September but hopefully, not as hot as it is now.

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      • mandibelle16 July 22, 2016 / 7:58 pm

        I’m glad. I’ve been there a couple times in June and it was 46 degrees Celsius, pretty unbearable. So I can imagine.


      • Priceless Joy July 22, 2016 / 8:46 pm

        Lately they have had temperatures of 108 and 110+ degrees Fahrenheit. (I don’t know what that is in Celcius).

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      • mandibelle16 July 22, 2016 / 9:04 pm

        Well pretty damn hot I think lol.


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