Many people wrote poetry in their youth it seems and I was one of them. Then I got out of the writing habit as I turned my attention to other pursuits such as getting a career off the ground. Now, as I approach retirement and am slowing down in some of the physical activities I used to enjoy, I find myself longing to write again. I returned to my old hobby in March of 2016 after a 35 year absence. I felt within myself a yearning to feel things the way that I did in my youth, when I lived and felt each experience with all of my senses through my poetry. It seemed that something inside had gone to sleep long ago and it was stirring and asking to be awakened. I spent most of a weekend looking online and in Facebook for some kind of group or forum to help me get started again and I came across the All Poetry website. I set up a page for myself, signed up for the Elements of Poetry Intermediate level and began writing poetry again at long last. I love the way I am fully experiencing the world once again, both externally and internally. I was afraid I would be rusty but the feeling for it was still there and from the start I seemed to be writing better poetry than in my youth. Perhaps because 35 years of life experience gave me a new perspective on everything I used to write about when I was young and tender. I look forward to trying out some new forms of poetry that I have never attempted before and to continuing this thrilling journey through a world of heightened sensory perception, deep emotion and sheer aliveness.