My Life in Six Words

Sharing Stories


My Life in Six Words

How bleak was my bipolar cache.

Forgetting where I’d come from sucked.

Somebody, somebody, I’m free.

(Babies do it in 4 words).

Why, at nineteen, has grandson died?

At nineteen, I birthed his mom.

At nineteen, his mom graduated college.

At nineteen, he wasn’t even twenty.

Melba Walton—Zen poet—Commutes from Arizona but is still “a Seattleite at heart”—even misses our rain!

SHARING STORIES is a weekly column for and about the 50 plus crowd living in the Puget Sound region. Send your stories and photos to ariele@comcast.net. Tell local or personal stories; discuss concerns around aging and other issues; share solutions, good luck, and reasons to celebrate; poems are fine too. Pieces may be edited or excerpted. We reserve the right to select among pieces. Photos are always a plus and a one-sentence bio is requested (where you live, maybe age or career, retired status, etc.).

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