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Age - The 21st Brenda Inspired Prompt

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Three Poems Based on Brenda's Prompt

There are many possibilities to consider regarding age, which is Brenda Arledge’s 21st prompt. I have written three poems.

The first one in an acrostic poem about a woman who is just trying to pack too much into her life as she ages. She doesn't want to miss anything, and she's always striving to look good and to have fun.

The second poem is about a tired, old widower who is very sad. This is a dark poem, and I feel sorry for any senior citizen who is miserable for whatever reason. This man misses his wife and seems to have no reason to want to live.

The third poem is about owning a beautiful new car and watching it age. It is a rather silly poem.

Acrostic Poem

Abruptly stopping, her breath in shallow spurts

Grabbing the fence to steady her wobbly stance

Each hurried step as she experiences her life

Ringo Starr - Grow Old With Me

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Sad Old Man

A wrinkled old man sits in a chair

Rocking as he simply stares

Thinking back on his long life

How he misses his dear wife


Tears run down his cheeks today

Trying to cope, finding new ways

It can be hard to get this old

When there is no one left to hold


Day after day, waiting for the end

What he needs is a good friend

He desires to live without strife

He is just so sad about his life

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My New Car

My new car has a beautiful shine

Months go by and it looks fine

Driving it feels just so very good

I’d like to slide across the hood


Each day my car makes me smile

I plan to keep it for quite a while

It’s in the garage when I am home

I always polish all the chrome


My first car and it looks devine

I like the fact that it is all mine

I wash and polish to keep it nice

It’s absolutely worth the price


One day a stone makes a scratch

A new window is a fine match

Parked at the store a new dent

The fender is now fully bent


I love the car but age occurs

It only matters that it is yous

Wear and tear occurs with age

It makes me so full of rage


Scratches will appear over time

I think it ought to be a crime

Aging of your car over the years

Will often give you many tears

Willie Nelson - It Gets Easier

© 2021 Pamela Oglesby

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 21, 2021:

Hi Lora,

I am glad you loved the poems. I know some elderly people are sad when they lose their mate and maybe have a lot of health problems. I just wanted to highlight that issue. I wanted the car poem to be fun.

Thank you for your comments.

Lora Hollings on July 20, 2021:

I love your poems on age, Pamela. The acrostic poem was done very well and the second poem was very sad but well crafted. I think many elderly people end up in such a situation. The third poem had me smiling all the way through it. A fun poem! Excellent job with this word prompt.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 20, 2021:

Dear Misbah, I missed you. I hope your problems have been resolved.

Blessing and love for you.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on July 20, 2021:

Thank you for your kindness, Pamela. Much appreciated, dear friend. Everything is fine. I was just not able to concentrate here because of some of my personal problems.

Much Gratitude!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 20, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

I am glad you enjoyed the poems. I tried for all different perspectives of the prompt.

I have been thinking of you today and wondering if you are okay. It seems that I haven't see you as much lately so I was wondering if you are ill.

I appreciate your comments, as always.

Much love and blessings for you!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on July 20, 2021:

Pamela, I enjoyed reading all of your poems but I especially like the car one. I hope you are doing well. This is a beautiful response to Brenda's Prompt.

Sending Many Blessings and Love

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 20, 2021:

Hi Peace,

Everyone seems to like the acrostic poem most. I know the old man poem is sad. I am glad you enjoyed them.

Thank you for your sweet comments.

Blessings and love!

Peace Tobe Dike from Delta State, Nigeria. on July 20, 2021:

I loved the poems, Pamela especially the acrostic one and the message it passed across. Thank you for sharing I enjoyed reading them.

Blessings and love

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 20, 2021:

Hi Venkatachari,

I agree that the second one is depressing. I appreciate your comments about the way you feel about your wife. That is true love. Some people are sad, but for most of us that is not the case. I wanted to provide different perspectives about age.

I am glad you liked the other poems. The acrostic poem probably holds true for many younger and busy people. Thank you for your generous comments.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on July 20, 2021:

Very nice poems in response to the prompt Age. I enjoyed the acrostic poem very much. It showcases a true picture of the process of aging. The second one is depressive. I lost my wife 9 years ago but not so much depressed like that. She is in my heart even now. I don't feel she is not present physically as her soul is with me.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 18, 2021:

Hi Cheryl,

I am glad you like the poems. Thank you for your comment.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on July 18, 2021:

I love your poetry ti is so inspiring.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 18, 2021:

Hi Vidya,

I am glad you found these poems to be a good response to Brenda's prompt.

The acrostic poem describes the life of many people. I knew the poem about the man would be sad, but it does happen to some people.

We still like our car and it has a couple of dings, so I thought that would be a fun topic.

Thank you for your generous comments. Have a very good week!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 18, 2021:

Hi Peggy,

I know the second one is sad, but I also know it sometimes happens.

I am glad you enjoyed the poems. I appreciate your comments. Have a good week!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 18, 2021:

Hi Linda,

I know that one is sad, but I also know it sometimes happens. I remember how depressed my mother was when my father died.

I am glad you found the poems interesting. I very much appreciate your comments. I hope y9u have a good week.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 18, 2021:

All of your poems are interesting. I felt close to tears when I read the line "Day after day, waiting for the end." What a sad way to approach the end of life. Thank you for sharing the poems, Pamela, especially the second one. I found it very moving.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 18, 2021:

I enjoyed your poems, Pamela, although the one about the older man missing his wife is sad.

VIDYA D SAGAR on July 18, 2021:

Excellent response to Brenda's word prompt, Pamela. I enjoyed reading all the poems. The accrostic poem rings so true, the poem about the sad man is touching and the poem on aging of the car, a fun read. We feel sad to see our car get all those dents and scratches. Still we love it because it's ours. Great work, thanks for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 18, 2021:

Hi Chrish,

I am glad you love the poems, and thank you for a super power hug! Thank you so much for your nice comments.

I am sending love and a super power hug back to you.

I hope you have a wonderful day also!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 18, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

The poem about the old man made me think about how sad my mother was after my father passed away. She was in the hospital for a while, and I was afraid we were going to lose her too.

The acrostic poem made me think of my life when I was working full-time and working on a higher degree.

The car was fun to think about and write. I have really enjoyed writing poetry. Thanks for your comments and support, Brenda.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 18, 2021:

Hi Linda,

I have enjoyed writing poetry. I know there are many older people like your brother, and it is sad. I thought we were going to lose my mother after my father died. She was in the hospital for a while, then she moved in with us and seemed to recover. She sure was sad for quite a while though.

Thank you for your very sweet comments. I'll see what I can do about writing poetry. I hope you are having a good day. I had the pleasure of hearing my son preach today. He is more of a missionary, but he delivered a wonderful message.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 18, 2021:

Pamela, you're becoming quite the poet. I liked all three, but the one about the old man really touched my heart. it reminded me of my brother who lost his wife of 65 years. I look forward to more poems by you.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 18, 2021:

Pamela

You pictured your acrostic poem perfectly...always in a rush, not much time to stop.

Sad Old Man shows us the loneliness one has when life has left him all alone.

It's heartbreaking to feel his pain.

My New Car shows us how much we really love our cars.

We spend hours polishing it to look good & then before long it gets scratches & dents.

It's a shame our car has to age...but at least it us ours.

I loved your videos...especially Willie Nelson.

These poems are great. I enjoyed the rather silly one about the car the best and I can relate to the sadness of the old man.

I will post a link in the word prompt article.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on July 18, 2021:

I love your poetry's Ms Pamela!!!

The words or message directly speak to the readers heart and that's all that matter.

Here's my super power hugs and a bunch of love!!!!!

Have a wonderful day!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 18, 2021:

Hi Manatita,

I appreciate your praise, but I have a long way to before I can writing poetry, I am glad you enjoyed reading the poems.

I appreciate your nice comments. I hope you have a very good day!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 18, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

I am glad you liked the poems. I have read that a mate dies within 3 months quite often after one losses their partner after a long marriage. So, I thought that poem was appropriate.

Thank you so much for your comments. I hope you have a great day also.

manatita44 from london on July 18, 2021:

Pamela, I'm beginning to keep my eye on you, you dark horse. You're sprinting alongside me with your poetry. Awesome!

I like the one about loneliness because it is so pertinent and very real, in an everyday sense. Now in my piece, I've mentioned a new car, so it's good to see you talking about cars. You're mastering the acrostic too. Charming work and excellent take on Brenda's prompt.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 18, 2021:

A wonderful response to the word prompt, age. I loved reading all your poems.

The sad old man poem is heartfelt and so touching. This happens, when one of the partner passes away, then the other one becomes so lonely.

The poem about new car, gives an important message regarding aging.

Thank you for sharing this beautiful post. Have a great day.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 18, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

I am glad you enjoyed reading the poems. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments.

Rosina S Khan on July 18, 2021:

Thank you, Pamela, for these poems about aging. I really enjoyed reading them which are, in fact, from different viewpoints. A wonderful response to Brenda's word prompt, "Age".

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 18, 2021:

Hi John,

It always takes me a few days to think about Brenda's prompt, and I wanted to address aging it different ways.

I am glad you think this is a worthy response. I appreciate your comments, as always.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 18, 2021:

Hi Pamela, I enjoyed all of these. Each one looked at ageing from a slightly different angle. Once again another worthy response to Brenda’s prompt.

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