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The Life I Have Lived

What happens when you mix a glass of champagne with Ben Howard's song "The Fear?" In my case, you get a poem! The lyrics: "I been worryin' that my time is a little unclear/ I been worryin' that I'm losing the one's I hold dear/ I been worryin' that we all live our lives in the confines of fear..." is the spark that ignited the poem below.

The Life I Have Lived

by Lauren Taub Cohen

A slender, curvaceous glass

receives and contains

the effervescent froth

of sparkling champagne.

A surge of bubbles

rush towards the surface

like a flood of memories

unleashed and recalled.

I have been silenced by

the thunderous storms

of rage and trudged through

the unrelenting

swamp of despair.

I have been resurrected

by the warmth of wonder

and the encouraging winds of

unwavering resilience.

My life’s tempo rests

within this lucent glass:

From the fast and furious

fizz of youth to

the tumultuous teen years

to the aerated, mellow temper

of middle age.

I take a sip from

this life I have lived

and, for the first time,

cherish the complex

notes that comprise

my life which is both




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