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My 68th Halloween. Trick, or Treat?…by Robert M. Katzman

My 68th Halloween. Trick or Treat?

by Robert M. Katzman © October 31, 2018


Well, of course, Trick

What did you expect?

The Trick for me is, this far gone

Is to remember what the Treats were

As life gradually unfolded


If you were born and wanted

Instead of endured and abused

Held and prized

Instead of cursed and beaten

That’s a Treat


If you weren’t born blind

Could walk on your own

Speak if you chose to

And hear music and birds

That’s a Treat


If you were part of a culture

With customs and ceremonies

A unique language and special days

A certain history and perspective

That’s a Treat


If you fell in deeply in love

Like falling into the Grand Canyon

Without a net

Just that someone to catch you

That’s a Treat


If you can grow old together

Witness your children’s lives

Have them care for you

And include you in everything

That’s a Treat


If one day you realize

You two are the oldest people

In the room, any room

And people want to know what you know

That’s a Treat


I come from an Ancient People

Sometimes absorbed by the Kabbalah

Where numbers can equal words

When added together in different ways


This is my 68thHalloween

Today is October 31st

Also my half-birthday

Spirits, what magic may I have today?


6 plus 8 equals 14

3 plus 1 equals 4

Together they equal 18

18 in Judaism means Life


This is the only year in my life

Such a combination was possible

Though alone now, it means hope, too

And for me, people, that’s a Treat


Happy Halloween

No matter who you are

What you believe

Or how you look


Dedicated to Joy, who already knows,

and to Nancy, here, now, two years later,

Who chased my Ghosts away

Or at least

Most of them




Comment by Charlie Newman

October 31, 2018 @ 8:21 pm

Nicely said…as always…you are…again as always…so much more positive than I am.
S’a good thing.

Comment by Don Larson

November 1, 2018 @ 12:02 am

Hi Bob,

I have many treats of life.

I wish you many more treats for you.



Comment by Brad Dechter

November 1, 2018 @ 4:32 am

This was a treat to read. Nice perspective and positive. The trick at this stage in our life is to have more treats. Thanks for that reminder!
Now treat yourself to something nice- you’ve earned it!

Comment by Sue Burckhart

November 3, 2018 @ 12:39 pm

I have a blog about enjoying life after the age of 60. Hope you might read it in the future. I am hoping for more treats too. I’m on Google istheresexaftersixty.com. It’s about enjoying the last part of life and making it even better than the first and middle part of our lives. Really enjoy your posts.
Sue Ellen

Comment by Brad Dechter

October 30, 2021 @ 10:33 am

Haha. Your play with numbers reminded me of when I turned 61. I then told folks I was 8 away from my favorite number. You know- 53- the year I was born. What else could it be?
A treat to read again. Thanks for the smile!

Comment by bruce

October 30, 2021 @ 10:45 am


Comment by Herb Berman

October 30, 2021 @ 11:23 am

Thanks, Bob. It was a treat.

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