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Dear Lord I am 80

Dear Lord, I am 80 - Print of collage in mauve with poppy petals
Dear Lord, I am 80
and there's much I haven't done.
I hope dear Lord, you'll let me live until I'm 81.
But, if I haven't finished all I want to do,
would you please let me stay awhile,
until I'm 82?
So many places I want to go,
so much I want to see,
do you think you could manage
to make it 83?
Many things I may have done,
but there's so much left in store,
I'd like it very much to live to 84.
And if by then I'm still alive,
then I'd like to stay to 85.
The world is changing very fast,
so I'd really like to stick around
and see what happens to the world
when I'm 86.
I know, dear Lord, it's a lot to ask,
and it will be nice in heaven,
but I'd really like to stay around
until I'm 87.
I know by then I won't be fast,
and sometimes I'll be late,
but it would be oh-so-pleasant
to be around at 88.
I will have seen so many things and had
a wonderful time,
so I'm sure that I'll be willing to leave
at 89.
(Well, maybe.)
Author Unknown 
(sometimes attributed to Conin Boylett; but it sounds so much like Myrtle Storm's wisdom, I had to include it here! -Marita)