A Life Well Lived a rondeau A life well-lived begins and ends surrounded by the love of friends. The air breathed in and out each lung are signals that songs should be sung, for life’s a blessing God intends A person who can make amends, his honor and his name defends, so that his hat can there be hung - a life well-lived. Who strives to save more than he spends and if he can he freely lends, who learns his lessons while he’s young and knows when he should bite his tongue; with wisdom and with care he tends a life well-lived. Porch Swing I sit here swinging in the breeze the sun, his light upon my face, endeavoring to find the ease with which to start the daily race. I ponder on this porch my plans and wonder whether I should stay a few more moments holding hands with daughters that just want to play. As birds chirp brightly at first light they make me want to find my song and start to exercise my right to take the time that comes along. And make it count, to clear my head, to live my life, before I'm dead. Caroline Bardwell is a resident and native of upstate New York. She is a professional geologist, a mother, a woman of faith and a lover of music, art, literature and nature. She has a great appreciation for the structural guidelines and musicality of formal verse.