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During National Poetry Month, we celebrate our resident poets, including Margaret “Peg” T. of Atria Hertlin Place.

Life is What You Make It | An Atria Resident’s Poem


Posted on April 29, 2015 by Taylor Rhea


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Atria Senior Living is home to hundreds of painters, sculptors, musicians, poets and writers. Some are lifelong artists while others discovered their talents later in life.

In April, we celebrate our resident poets, including Margaret “Peg” T. of Atria Hertlin Place.

Fun fact: Peg’s poem, “Life is What You Make It,” was printed in a poetry anthology titled, “Today’s Best Poets,” by Betty Cummins Starr-Joyal. For this poem, Peg received the Editor’s Choice Award from the author in 2013.

LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT

Have you ever wished for the day

When you were not so old and gray?

When you could sing and even dance?

Were not afraid to take a chance?

When the mailmen left you lover’s notes,

No duns for money, or pleas for votes.

When all the world seemed yours alone,

You were a monarch on a throne.

Well, all those days are lost in time,

For you’re no longer in your prime.

So just enjoy the days ahead;

Don’t face them now with any dread.

For life is only what you make it.

You have the ingredients – now bake it!


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