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LindsayP
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0 posted 11-26-2007 06:27 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for LindsayP


                Memory Bank

A well-dressed and sprightly old man of ninety-two
Was taken to the old peopleís home today,
He was no longer able to take care of himself,
As his wife of seventy years had just passed away.

After waiting quite patiently at the nursing home,
He was finally told that his room was now ready,
He smiled his approval and rose from his seat,
Thoí slightly stooped over his steps were quite steady.

The nurse took him down the hall to his room
Explaining as she went just what he would find,
Providing him with a visual description to come,
For this proud old gentleman was legally blind.

I love it, he exclaimed with such great enthusiasm
But you havenít seen it yet, you may change your stance,
That doesnít have anything to do with it, he replied,
Happiness is something that you decide in advance.

Whether I like the room or not doesnít depend on how
The furniture is arranged, for that is not the problem at stake,
I have already decided that I would love it for sure,
Itís a decision I decide every morn when I wake.

Each morning I always make one of two choices
To either stay in bed recounting my problems anew,
With those parts of my body that no longer work,
Or get out of bed & be thankful for those parts that do.

Each day is a gift and as long as my eyes open
Iíll focus on the new day & all my memories within,
For at this time in my life as I approach my twilight years,
My memory is like a bank account, I take out what I put in.

So my advice to you all is deposit as much as you can,
Of all your happy memories in your memory bank,
In the twilight years of our lives thatís all we have left,
Thank you nurse for helping to add to my memory bank.

--------------------------------

Free your heart from hatred,
Free your mind from worries if you can,
Live simply, give more, expect less,
And youíll find that you're a much happier man.


  

© Copyright 2007 Lindsay P Wilson - All Rights Reserved
Marchmadness
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1 posted 11-27-2007 03:30 AM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

Something to think about. LP.
                       Ida
JamesMichael
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2 posted 11-27-2007 04:25 AM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Enjoyed this...James
lyricpoet
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Well done!
Margherita
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4 posted 11-27-2007 12:19 PM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

quote:
Free your heart from hatred,
Free your mind from worries if you can,
Live simply, give more, expect less,
And youíll find that you're a much happier man.



Your wise advice dear Lindsay is precious and matches the poem perfectly.

Love,
Margherita
Rick
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5 posted 11-27-2007 01:34 PM       View Profile for Rick   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rick's Home Page   View IP for Rick

Lindsay my friend, this is just a wonderful piece of writing, I hope you get many more replies for this gem certainly deserves it, everyone should take advise from this, I know that today I have. Have a great day mate and catch up soon again.

Rick
LindsayP
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6 posted 11-27-2007 07:28 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LindsayP


Ida, James, Margherita, LyricPoet and Rick,

Thank you so much kind folks for your

appreciated response, You have made my day.

A wonderful day to you all.

Lindsay
Earl Brinkman
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7 posted 09-28-2010 10:41 PM       View Profile for Earl Brinkman   Email Earl Brinkman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Earl Brinkman

The man in this poem is very wise in that he focuses on the positive and not the negative.
 
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