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Not Aging Gracefully

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Lori Grosser Rhoden
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0 posted 06-23-2017 08:59 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

As her graceful
lay gathering dust
ignored in the corner,
she grew older without it.
New gray hairs
invaded her every wheres,
while wrinkles crinkled
the corner of her eyes
and furrowed her forehead.
Specks, spots and crepe
had overtaken her skin.
Her body plumped, frumped
and slumped in the usual places.
She left her alluring in the closet
selecting the  slimming instead.
High heels were history.
She didn’t do dyes, creams or serums,
or death defying exercises.
Her face she kept in a gold bag
of liners, blushes and shadows.
Social media mocked her by saying
this was the “new forty”.
She took a handful of pills
morning and night
for all that ailed her
and she assumed she’d
just drop dead someday.
The days she didn’t seem to hit
on all cylinders she felt senile.
On painful days she felt decrepit.
A good day left her feeling like fifty.
She didn’t have dreams of retirement
and traveling,
just the promise of working
as long as they’d let her,
then pitiful poor to the end.
Her bucket list had a hole in it.
Not that her life was bad,
She had love and progeny,
and a home that was paid for.
She had a village out her front door
wheat field and a river out the back.
She had a dog she cuddled
and cat she scratched
to grow older with her too.

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JerryPat2
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South Louisiana


1 posted 06-23-2017 09:09 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

THIS is absolutely one of, if not the, best poems you have ever written, and you have written some beauties, Lori. I love this poem.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

Lori Grosser Rhoden
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2 posted 06-23-2017 09:31 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

Thank you kindly Jerry. I'll try to remember to whine more often. ~L
JerryPat2
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3 posted 06-23-2017 09:57 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Heh.Heh I didn't consider that you were whining. I thought it was merely a humorous poem of aging.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

JerryPat2
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4 posted 06-23-2017 10:21 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Whatever you call it, whining or whatever. I loved the poem.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~
Lori Grosser Rhoden
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5 posted 06-23-2017 10:58 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

I'm getting better at hiding the whine behind the cheese, so to speak, lol. I'm glad you are so taken with this piece, I hope you are not the only one. ~L
jjote
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since 12-25-2002
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6 posted 06-24-2017 11:57 AM       View Profile for jjote   Email jjote   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jjote

I think that this "she" has the grace to look outside of herself and see the humor of taking in stride the aging symptoms - the ability to smile or laugh at herself, is her saving grace. I salute her.

Thanks for writing this kind of heroism, I will be there soon enough.
jwesley
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since 04-30-2000
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Spring, Texas


7 posted 06-24-2017 12:24 PM       View Profile for jwesley   Email jwesley   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jwesley

I totally agree with Jerry!! This is one of your very best writes, so much love and kindness, yet maintaining the loss of younger days so important to us as we age, when seeing the previous vigor and beauty of youth (all around us - but their days is coming - LOL).

Can't explain how much I enjoyed it.


j.
Lori Grosser Rhoden
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8 posted 06-24-2017 12:55 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

JJ,
You are so right about laughing at myself being my saving grace. Thank you so much for all your kind words.~L
Lori Grosser Rhoden
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9 posted 06-24-2017 01:08 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

Jimmy,
I'm delighted you enjoyed this one so much.
It is especially flattering to know you can't explain how much. ~L
Poet In Pink
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Some how I can't imagine you aging less than graceful Lori Belle I can relate ~ Time stands still for no one ~ Love how you expressed this ~ Alana
Lori Grosser Rhoden
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11 posted 06-24-2017 10:28 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

Pinkness,
Thank you so much for your kind words. You are too sweet!~L
 
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