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I Want to Age Like Sea Glass
Bernadette Noll


I want to age like sea glass, smoothed by tides, not broken.
I want the currents of life to toss me around, shake me up
And leave me feeling washed clean. I want my hard edges to
soften as the years pass – made not weak, but supple.
I want to ride the waves, go with flow, feel the impact of the
surging tides rolling in and out.

When I am thrown against the shore and caught between the rocks
I want to rest there until I can find the strength to do what is next.
Not stuck – just waiting, pondering, feeling what it feels like to pause.
And when I am ready, I will catch a wave and let it carry me along to
the next place that I am supposed to be.

I want to age like sea glass. When people see the old woman I’ll become,
They’ll embrace all that I am. They’ll marvel at my exquisite nature,
hold me gently in their hands and be awed by my well-earned patina –
neither flashy nor dull – but just the right luster. And we’ll both feel lucky
to realize, once again, that we have landed in the perfectly right place
at just the right moment.

I want to age like sea glass. I want to enjoy the journey and let my
preciousness be, not in spite of the impacts of life, but because of them.

This poem first appeared in a longer version in the Huffington Post (2014).
Used here with permission.


Bernadette Noll is an author, speaker, community events organizer, artist, teacher, and mother of four. Author of three books, she teaches workshops about consuming less and sharing more and is an avid believer that everything we need is already here. Bernadette lives in Austin, Texas; learn more about her at




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I just love this poem. Thank you. I needed to read this.
Posted 01/07/2024 07:02 PM
Wilda Morris:
A wonderful image of healthy aging!
Posted 01/05/2024 11:58 AM
Kelly Scott:
What a gorgeous poem to wake up too! I love the word patina used so sweetly but profound.
Posted 01/05/2024 11:23 AM
Thanks for publlishing this, Jayne. It's an encouragement to us oldsters to persevere in happiness.
Posted 01/04/2024 06:00 PM
Lori Levy:
Insightful and wise. Love the positive attitude in this poem.
Posted 01/04/2024 04:54 PM
Beautiful and moving!
Posted 01/04/2024 01:02 PM
Arlene Gay Levine:
So wise and wonderful in all ways. Thanks for making my morning, Bernadette.
Posted 01/04/2024 11:52 AM
I floated with every word.
Posted 01/04/2024 09:57 AM
Theyll marvel at my exquisite nature and I marvel at this wonderful poem.
Posted 01/04/2024 08:54 AM
Larry Schug:
Wow, "I Want to Be Like Sea Glass" really grabbed me this morning. So well thought out and the voice is just right. The poet says enough without going overboard, so to speak. I love the paintings it puts in my mind.
Posted 01/04/2024 08:37 AM
Angela Hoffman:
A beautiful image to hold as I age!
Posted 01/04/2024 07:35 AM
Bernadette's attributes are very like my own feelings on life. We are so blessed to be able to write about them. Lovely poem.
Posted 01/04/2024 05:14 AM

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