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Old Age is a Gift

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LindsayP
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0 posted 01-19-2008 09:34 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for LindsayP


            Old Age is a Gift

I am now, probably for the first time in my life
The person I have always wanted to be,
Not my body of course for that looks much worse
With all the wrinkles that are quite plain to see.

And so many times I am quite taken aback
At the old person I see in the mirrorís reflection,
It just looks like my poor old Father to me
But I donít look to close for a thorough inspection.

I would never trade one of my wonderful friends,
My loving family, my home or my happy life style,
As Iíve aged I have become much kinder to myself
And less critical when kept waiting a while.

I donít chide myself for not making my bed
Or for aging and a great lack of speed,
Iím entitled to be extravagant messy and trite
And of no one do I have to take heed.

Some chase the rainbow striving for wealth,
I have seen too many friends leave this world too soon,
Before they can reap the reward of old age,
So who cares if I sleep in my bed until noon.

I know that some time Iím forgetful and vague,
A sad trait that old age so often brings
But there again some things are better forgotten
And eventually I remember the most important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken
But how can it not be if you lose a loved one,
But broken hearts give us strength and compassion
To realize that itís something that canít be undone.

Iím lucky to have lived long enough for my hair to turn gray,
To have my laughs forever etched in the grooves of my face,
For so many have never laughed and died long before
Their hair could turn silver, oh what a terrible waste.

As we grow older it is much easier to be positive
And not worry about how much other people might drink,
I donít question my self any more or be argumentive
For Iíve earned the right to be wrong donít you think.

I donít waste my time to think what might have been,
I think of the friendships that most people extend ,
All those people with a genuine smile on their face,
To me, they are the ones that Iíll always call friend.



© Copyright 2008 Lindsay P Wilson - All Rights Reserved
Earth Angel
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1 posted 01-19-2008 09:53 PM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

You're baaaack! ~ and with a beauty! You've been missed, Aussie Man ~ and friend!

Now this is what I call aging gracefully!

I'm tucking this one away for future reference and as a gentle reminder that growing old can definitely have its advantages.

Much love to you, venerable Wise One,

Linda
Roniece Dawson-Bruce
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2 posted 01-19-2008 10:00 PM       View Profile for Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Email Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Roniece Dawson-Bruce

I donít waste my time to think what might have been,
I think of the friendships that most people extend ,
All those people with a genuine smile on their face,
To me, they are the ones that Iíll always call friend

yes, I'm with Linda, have missed your inspiring posts!  this is wonderful... love RDB

Be kind at heart....for everyone you meet has their own battle to fight.........

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3 posted 01-19-2008 10:03 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Truer words have not been spoken - I treasure my gift as well, and enjoyed your poetry about yours.
Magnus
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4 posted 01-19-2008 10:13 PM       View Profile for Magnus   Email Magnus   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Magnus

I relate too well to this, and it is a beaut.  You have done exceptionally well.
Clang
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5 posted 01-20-2008 01:27 AM       View Profile for Clang   Email Clang   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Clang

Wonderful!
JamesMichael
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6 posted 01-20-2008 05:49 AM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

You have the right attitude...and I appreciate that...James
nakdthoughts
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7 posted 01-20-2008 10:15 AM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

Other than the "drink" (a personal thing)I think it's a wonderful poem~~ and one to be admired.

M
Rick
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Lindsay my old mate, this one was just great, made me appreciate getting older, you have spoken straight from the heart here and the truth took us all by the hand, wise words that should be remembered. Thanks for sharing, see you soon.

Rick
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9 posted 01-20-2008 03:10 PM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

You have to be older and wiser before you can write a poem like this. Obviously, life has taught you a few things, LP. Understood and enjoyed.
                                    Ida
LindsayP
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To every one of you wonderful friends, I could never thank you enough for the kindness of your appreciation of my humble poem. It's having a critique like this that makes writing poetry such an enjoyable hobby. Happy New Year to you all and may the sun shine upon you always.

Love you folks, Lindsay
Margherita
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11 posted 01-21-2008 02:47 AM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

And so many times I am quite taken aback
At the old person I see in the mirrorís reflection,
It just looks like my poor old Father to me
But I donít look too close for a thorough inspection.


Dear Lindsay, I love your poem and your serene, positive attitude. When there is good health in old age, then the blessings are complete.

Beautiful and uplifting!

It's nice to have you back!

Love and joy.
Margherita

simon
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It's posts like yours that are making this site such a pleasurable place in which to spend time... thanx
Honeybunch
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13 posted 01-21-2008 02:13 PM       View Profile for Honeybunch   Email Honeybunch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Honeybunch's Home Page   View IP for Honeybunch

Thank you for this, Lindsay, because I've been thinking lately that "old age" isn't such a wonderful thing more especially because there's so much I wanted to do but never did do.  

Let's give it a numb and gift others with your viewpoint if they haven't read it already.

Helen
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14 posted 01-21-2008 03:14 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I liked these two lines especially:

"As Iíve aged I have become much kinder to myself
And less critical when kept waiting a while."

When one is young, it is always foremost in their mind that to be kept waiting is "wasting time". They've not yet grasped onto that precious concept of mediation. They don't know enough "just yet" to reflect on a life's memories.

Now that I've gotten to where I am, it would be nice if time were to slow down just a little bit. Alas, it won't...

so I just have to treasure each moment that much more.

I enjoyed this so much, Sir! Thank you!

Artic Wind
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15 posted 01-21-2008 03:50 PM       View Profile for Artic Wind   Email Artic Wind   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artic Wind

A very wonderful post to show your back!!!
I am Back myself too, I was working hard on school!!!



ARCTIC WIND
LindsayP
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16 posted 01-21-2008 06:37 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LindsayP


To Margerita, Simon, Helen, Sunshine and

Arctic Wind, how would we get on without folks like you wonderful people, who have

given me such a very warm response, I appreciate it immensely. Have a great day

folks and God bless, Hugs to you all.

Lindsay
Earl Brinkman
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17 posted 08-24-2010 08:45 PM       View Profile for Earl Brinkman   Email Earl Brinkman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Earl Brinkman

Your final stanza is a beauty.
 
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