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Huan Yi
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0 posted 02-04-2005 03:40 PM       View Profile for Huan Yi   Email Huan Yi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Huan Yi


I imagine everyone has seen how the Pope
looks now, and a few at least can remember
what he was like even in his sixties when he first
came to public attention.

Today, in the grocery store, I saw more of his generation,
and some a little younger and not that many decades older
than I am now.  And I wonder: how do you handle finally
being old beyond any delusion of being young, still strong, pretty?

Sunshine
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1 posted 02-04-2005 04:41 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

quote:
how do you handle finally
being old beyond any delusion of being young, still strong, pretty?


...as well deserved.

There is a lot to be said of the elderly...so many of them/us are still quite able to produce as much if not more in the way of a good work day; we have been through the gamut in many ways and came out on the other side, scathed, perhaps, but still whole.

I have been watching the Pope, remember him as the man who went into the office, a strong leader...and whose mind is still very sharp...look at the languages he knows, and continues to learn...look at the fact that he "reads two books every day" and look at the fact at how many people revere him...

I am not Catholic.  But to have a leader such as this Pope do so well over such a lifetime...is to know in many ways, a small miracle.

I had once hoped that "young, pretty" was something that applied to me, but I never saw it.  And then it went so rapidly, that I knew I would rather be "older, wiser" and while I don't mind what other people do to their bodies [everyone has to earn a living, even plastic surgeons] I doubt you will ever see me so vain as to opt for plastic surgery to obtain an illusion.  I would rather that the mind be sharp, the compassion, fine, the welcome, warm.  I came to visit the person...not just the face...
nakdthoughts
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2 posted 02-04-2005 05:53 PM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

what a great answer Karilea

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3 posted 02-04-2005 08:32 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

nodding with Kari

"And I wonder: how do you handle finally
being old beyond any delusion of being young, still strong, pretty?"

I would think it would be a relief. And yeah, I'm giving up my delusions early.

 
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