|Reviewed by Suzie Palmer
|The fire in your belly is so powerful Dear Jerry flowing potently through your every write...
Your immense, unquenchable inner self flies effortlessly reaching these 'DownUnder' shores!
I love your works and perceive your passionate brilliance so much so i am often unable to divine the 'time' to write offer you worthy feedback!!
Love and appreciate your fire in the belly very much!!!
|Reviewed by Odin Roark
|A man with your particular kind of life experience is destined to fight on, for the "fire in the belly" you refer to is (in my belief system)is an intangible part of the spirit (sans religious connotation)that lives independent of the body, a kind of 24/7 lighthouse, if you will, that is part of the sea, but not, a light sometimes seen, felt, understood, as well as shrouded in clouds and weathered surroundings (people) that neither pose a threat, or can withstand the lighthouse's purpose. It just is. It just goes on. There is no aging, or change in weather. Live on as only you know how. That is the perfection of it all.|
|Reviewed by Vivian Dawson
|The older I get *Jerry* the more I realize
what I don't know as opposed to knowing it
all by the age of 21...and still adressing
the fire in furnace...you are not alone!!!!
|Reviewed by Sandy Hoynacki (Reader)
|Isn't it funny how reality steps from behind the veil of time to stare into our very being..Unique, in and of itself lending much to ponder. The mind can move mountains...Excellent in every way...|
|Reviewed by Kate Burnside
|I have a young man's passion
for certain things I haven't completely tasted yet
and I refuse to swallow the sour venom of defeat
GOOD ON YA, JERRY! This is what life is all about and you still have plenty of it: breath, ideas, hunger and so much more. I like that these lines are a kind of hinge between your first stanza and the next and I can't help but notice that as long as you focus on the passion, then there is personal growth, energy and a real desire for living. I fail to see how dubbing all this down by accepting defeat and living in refusal will somehow atone for all the crap the world would throw at us; it will rather add to it, if you ask me, and why accept compromise anyway? Keep that fire perpetually stoked. It's inspiring and challenging and honouring of life to make the most of it. That's my take, anyhow! The Great Torrent of Human Suffering will be less so if you go out and LIVE!! :)) xx
|Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
|If you believe we create our own universe, then your goal just might work. I don't happen to prescribe to that notion however thus alive or croaked won't mean a hill of beans to human torment. Patrick|
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|It could be just heartburn. On the other hand, without it you would just roll over like all the other codgers out there, waiting around to die, playing foolish old folks games that get less physical in time and more repetitive, like doing crosswords every day and getting out on the shuffleboard court whenever you start to feel a bit frisky.
On the other hand, one could write. Writing takes you to places and creates scenarios that never were but keep your libido at the high-level that you deserve. To hell with playing the old age game. Keep that fire in your belly and die with your finger on the keyboard typing out your last novel–unfinished, but worth finishing.
|Reviewed by Richard King
|"... and erase all human torment." A lofty goal, but a very worthy one. Dick
PS: I too have a young man's thoughts once or twice a day, but thankfully they don't last long, I'm still stuck with this old man's body.
|Reviewed by Shirley Houston
|Powerful!! When I turned fifty, I was faced with the question, "what now?" I've been a stay-at-home mom for so long, that I doubted my self. I'm learning that life is an unending adventure to be lived! Thanks for the confirmation....|
|Reviewed by Laura Fall
|A heartfelt and meaningful write Jerry written so amazingly indeed Laura
|Reviewed by Annabel Sheila
|It's only as we age that life really begins to make sense...the clarity that comes with our failing vision is unbelievable! This is one to read again and again...you speak for all of us, Jerry! Beautifully penned!
|Reviewed by Ed Matlack
|You need a woman...go out and get hitched but to a much younger woman than yourself...why not "go out" in the style that you are accustomed...e|
|Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley
|When I was 18 I was talking to my Uncle whom I thought was ancient he was 56. I was very energetic (of course)and full of life, which most teens that age are. He said to me, "I want you to remember this, your body ages but your mind doesn't... my mind says I can do all the things you do but my aging body won't let me. He said, "your body grows old, but your mind doesn't... you just learn more along the way."
At the time I just thought it was a funny thing to say... now I am 57 and I completely understand.
My mind is so alive but as you,
"you'd think getting old
would slow down the fire inside
you’d think what you hadn't
discovered at this late date didn't make any difference
still . . .
within my heart and soul I fight on
I have hopes and dreams to conceive of and solve
'ere the last closing of my eyes
an old body given to daily exercise
with thought patterns
of a young man"
I too Jerry have those thoughts and I too am not a religious person. You have described what all intelligent people think when they reach this point in their life.
I have even had regrets and wished I could have done things differently and "atone for all the bad things in the world"
Consider ourselves the Sage for all we have learned and take
this and pass it on.
I loved this Jerry, you have touched on something I do believe
we all think about and feel.
Love and Light