“Seeing Old Age as a Never-Ending Adventure” (James Tipton)



………………..fiftieth reunion
………………..everyone still alive
………………..shows up





“Seeing Old Age as a Never-Ending Adventure” (New York Times)

“A Newly Frugal Generation Revives Discount Dining” (Herald Tribune)


Poem by James Tipton (see poet biographies). This poem was first published in Haiku Page (Spring, 2008). Read more James Tipton on Haiku News.




  1. Bill Kenney

    My fiftieth was the only one I ever showed up for.

  2. Neal Whitman

    Your haiku is concision at its best. I love how, in one breath, you “caught” the universal passage of time. Yesterday my U. Mass-Amherst alum mag showed up with photos of 2009 Homecoming and I suddenly got a bolt: “Wait a sec! That was my 40th reunion.” “Still alive” is a great line. Jan. 20 was the day in 1962 that, as we docents say on our tours of Robinson Jeffers Tor House, “this great poet woke up dead.”

    Still alive in Pacific Grove, CA,
    Neal Whitman

  3. Chen-ou Liu

    James, an inspiring read. I enjoyed reading your poem and the articles.

    And I was moved by one of the stories regarding Tom Lackey, 89, who took up wing-walking as a way past the grief of losing his wife.

    Thanks for sharing.


  4. Editor

    This is one of my personal favourites to appear on the site. I agree wholeheartedly with Neal. Just a stunning selection of words. Amazing poem James.

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