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Women’s Stories of Successful Aging

Kay Dilger Metcalfe: Written Reflections on Aging

MOTION is not Stationary (2007)

In this poem, which she revised many times, Kay explores broad philosophical and spiritual questions. Here she shares understandings that have evolved throughout her long life and were influenced by reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Einstein, published in 2007.

by Kay Dilger Metcalfe (Rewritten 4-30-’07)

Science:         The Universe has Suns which provide

Heat. Without that there would be no



The Wave Category is prominent in

Motion and is the Source of Seen and

Unseen or Unfelt Waves.


Seen Waves are discernible by way

of Man’s (humankind’s) senses.

Other Waves are not seen and also unfelt.


Waves are perpetual, not stationary, and

are among the Wonders of Life in

the areas of both Science and Religion.


Good works are in Perpetual Motion

Bad works are in Perpetual Motion.

Fostered by these various Waves.

Good works in their function

become over abundant then

Bad works will intervene and

take over –


They arrive at Balance, mid way

when going from one extreme to

the other.


Balance does not remain



Back & forth, Yin & Yang, Perpetual



Religion:        The spiritual & aesthetic

Prayers may ride on Unseen Waves

and Rapport is consummated

with the Divine Spiritual Power


Science & Religion & Wonder

about Life over lap.


The impenetrable, truly exists.