Olen Mills Portrait 1986

"Islands In The Stream" by Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton

Forty By: Frances McCrory Meservy October 1983

They say life begins at forty

But Iím sure it wonít be a party.

Less than eight hours to go

And Iíll be sure to let you know.


My children are almost grown

In their hearts God's seed is sown.

Apron strings are being loosed

But my heart feels noosed.


Must I feel positive

At a time when all seems derogative?

Yes, time goes on and Iíll continue to grow

As I learn and reap and sow.


In a short time Iíll return to the beginning:

Just husband, love and singing.

Will I know how to act, just he and I?

Will we love until we die?