When I was twenty, I was thin,
But truly I did not love myself.
When I was twenty, my energy was boundless,
My boundaries non-existent.
When I was twenty, I thought marriage was
Permanent and immutable as granite.
I did not know that each issue
Solved between us was
A blossom on the tree of spirit.
When I was twenty I did not know
Neither the deep joy of self-love
Or the euphoric connection
Now I am older, wiser,
More joyous, more aware,
Part of the flow and ebb
With our advice you can
Turn back the clock,
The ad proclaimed.
Each day I give thanks
For these fruits of my path:
I would not trade this wisdom in
For all the years again
I took to get here.