Gems Of Wisdom: A Book of Elder Poetry and Prose

gems of wisdomEdited by Nader R. Shabahangi

Creativity has no age requirements and flows freely from young and old alike. This inspiring collection of poems was written by elderly residents of assisted living communities in California. Nader R. Shabahangi, the founder of AgeSong and AgeSong Institute, serves as editor of this anthology. He offers Gems of Wisdom as a demonstration that “life is a continual process of learning, growing and developing until our end.”

The wisdom expressed in these 89 poems testifies to older people’s multidimensional search for meaning in their lives. Here are some of the themes of this stage of life and a poem that illustrates it:

Delight – “A Brass Ring for Catching” by Barbara Davis
Wonder – “Looking at a Leaf” by Claire Rothenberg
Legacy – “Someone Tell the Children” by Debra Durnell
The Ties That Bind – “All I Know of Love” by Helen Crowner
Learning – “How to Nurture a Joyful Heart” by Laurel Zien

(Review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

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