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Getting Old Is Not Amusing - A Poem

Updated on April 25, 2017

Getting old has its drawbacks and comforts, too!

My Mom enjoying some of the comforts of old age...a good book, a comfortable place to read it and a warm cat purring on her lap...
My Mom enjoying some of the comforts of old age...a good book, a comfortable place to read it and a warm cat purring on her lap... | Source

Old age - better than the alternative!

The best revenge we have upon the smugness of youth is knowing that the young will be old someday, too!

My father-in-law used to say, “Getting old is hell, but it’s better than the alternative!”

I hope you enjoy this poem about growing old!


Getting Old Is Not Amusing

Failing eyes and fallen arches,
No more hikes and no more marches.
Taste buds dulled, my ears are muted,
Signs of age can’t be refuted.


Once I heard the bluebirds singing–
Now, instead, my ears are ringing.
Aging skin with sagging wrinkles,
Lost my sparkle, lost my twinkle.


More gray hairs and bald spots showing,
In stranger places, hairs are growing!
All the ways my body’s losing—
Getting old is not amusing.


Now I face my mirror knowing,
Youth is fleeting– Yes, it’s going!
Each new day brings creaks and twinges,
To my body’s rusty hinges.


Then there are the senior lapses,
When my brain’s mis-fired synapses,
Don’t fire at all, or fire askew.
(Who is that guy? And who are you? )


There’s no way that I can soften,
Senior moments coming often.
My body, brain and mind are losing,
Getting old is not amusing!


You may laugh while I am crying,
But you’ll see as time goes flying,
Old age creeps up unrelenting
Then it’s you who’ll be lamenting,


“Was I not young just yesterday?
Without a sign of sag or gray?”
Soon you’ll find, despite your raging.
Wrinkles, lines and signs of aging!


Then amid the ringing, buzzing,
When your brain’s misfiring, fuzzing,
When dis-functions start appearing,
(No, it’s not just sight and hearing!)

When your sprightly step is slowing
When your body parts are going
When it’s YOU who’s losing, losing,
Will you find old age amusing?


You don't have to be young to be beautiful

A rusty abandoned car is an antique desert sculpture.
A rusty abandoned car is an antique desert sculpture. | Source

Getting Old Is Better Than the Alternative!

I recently did a photo gallery on abandoned old cars. Many of them are rusting away and disintegrating where they stand. (Sound familiar?) Yet, in their own way, they are beautiful and the ravages of weather and age has made them into sculptures more than junk.

This made me think about the similarities these old abandoned vehicles have to our aging populations. It seems that as people age, they are sometimes less respected, even considered “junk” by the younger generation. Sadly enough, if you live to be 100 you’re venerated, but if you are only 89, you may be considered a burden. That too has a similarity to material goods that are valued as antiques if they have survived for 100 years, but often have little value if they haven’t.


Appreciate the beauty of age

Aging buildings have an aesthetic appeal that need no enhancement.
Aging buildings have an aesthetic appeal that need no enhancement. | Source

Then there are buildings. Anyone who has taken a road trip has seen old buildings, tumbled down barns and houses that have been abandoned to nature. What makes a hundred year old building worth restoring and another a pile of firewood? It’s a question that historians will surely rush in to answer, but, in my mind, some of the aging buildings are beautiful in their own way, more beautiful than they would be if they were restored to their youthful appearance. If only the elderly were perceived that way!

One thing about youth is guaranteed: It too will pass!

“When your sprightly step is slowing
When your body parts are going
When it’s YOU who’s losing, losing,
Will you find old age amusing?”

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      Liz Elias 16 months ago from Oakley, CA

      Love it! It reminds me of one my mother wrote years back. I'll have to track it down and post it.

      Also, I am reminded of a quip by a friend of mine, "Growing old is not for sissies. And I think I am one!" LOL! I steal that one all the time.

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      Brandon 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Great Poem

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      PurvisBobbi44 - Thanks Bobbi! :) I love your technique for looking younger...if you look younger to yourself, that's what counts! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Lambservant - I'd be pleased to have you link my hub to yours! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Lori Colbo 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I absolutely love your poem. May I use it (with attribution and link) to my hub on humor and reflections on aging?

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      That was so sweet, because you still look amazing. When I look into my mirror in the morning, I say to myself: Hello you sweet young thing---you are looking great. Now, do you know how I can honestly say that? I take my contacts out before I brush my teeth.

      Great poem.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Rosie writes - Glad you enjoyed my poem, Rosie. Old age is one of those things...you may not like it much, but you have to make the best of it!

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      Rosie writes 3 years ago from Virginia

      Lovely poem. We don't like to talk about it until we are older, but it happens to all of us who are lucky enough to still be here.

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      FictionFish - Hahaha...I'm with you! I used to think that 50 was ancient, but it's amazing how my views have changed as I get older. Now "old" is at least 20 years older than my present age! I love your saying about smiles...gives your face something to do! When people see your smile, they don't think about your age, either. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Kurt Frazier Sr 3 years ago from Mobile Al

      I remember when I used to think that 50 was old. Now I think that maybe 100 is old; maybe not. I think that the clue to life is just to enjoy it and all of the experiences that come with it. Try to learn something from everyone you meet and give out smiles. They are free and they give your face something to do.

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Anniething - Absolutely, Annie! Stay young at heart! :)

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      Theodora 3 years ago from Greece

      you can't avoid getting old, but age is just a number. it's how your heart feels that matters. well done. nice read.

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      J.R.LaGreca - We can't avoid old age (well, we can, but it's not a good solution!), so we may as well smile about it! Glad that you got a laugh out of my poem.

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      Jody R. LaGreca 3 years ago from New York, New York

      This poem was truly amazing and really had me laughing. Thanks for brightening up my day with these memorable words.

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Moonlake - When we're young, we think we'll stay that way forever. I remember how shocked I was when I looked in the mirror one day and noticed some tiny wrinkles. Now I'd be happy with just those few!

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Loved your poem and everything you said is so true. I never knew how many wrinkles I had until I took a selfy of me and our daughter's cat. I'll never take another one. My friend once said to me her husband said I was a looker when I was young. That statement made me feel bad, because I knew I was no longer a looker. Your right all the young people that look at us as if we're from Mars will one day look just like us.

      Voted up.

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      sharonchristy - Thanks so much for you lovely comment! It made me smile this morning, old age or not!

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      Sharon Christy 3 years ago from India

      Old age in certainly not amusing, but your poem is. I just loved the rhyme scheme, it was catchy all along! It just fit like a key in a lock. I found myself saying it aloud in my head and loved it. Just loved your poem, Henkel! Age doth not wither, nor custom stale your infinite variety. Thank you for sharing that awesome poem with us! :D

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      lissamasters - Since we cannot change or slow the aging process, we just have to laugh about it. :) So glad you enjoyed my poem...thanks for stopping in to read and for your comments!

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      Melissa S Masters 3 years ago from Massachussetts

      Oh my goodness...I am laughing out loud -- literally! Delightful! Though the truth of age is, as you say not so amusing, the way you presented it certainly is. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this delightful work!

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Headshrinker - Winter does have a not-so-subtle way of reminding us of our ages, doesn't it? Thanks so much for stopping by...stay warm!

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      headshrinker 3 years ago from Western Massachusetts

      Just found this old poem and what a delight. Thank you. I know well the creaking of my hinges, especially this winter.

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      SkySlave - Absolutely! Laughter will see us through! Thanks for stopping in to read and comment! Keep on smiling!

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      Skyler DeCristoforo 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A great sense of humor seems to be the best way to handle most situations in this life. Keep a smile on and take in day by day. Were all in this together!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      W1totalk - Good observation! LOL! Thanks for stopping by!

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      Age is happening as we speak.Great writing.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      JayeWisdom - Thank you Jaye for your return visit and comments. You do indeed have a beautiful mind...and lovely face too, judging from your photo! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Thelma Alberts- Thank you for your comments, Thelma. Although there are things about getting older that are definitely not amusing, we can only hope to keep our sense of humor!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Msmillar - How wonderful that you have developed a friendship with your elderly neighbor! We can all learn from each other and those who have lived longer have much history and wisdom to share if only we would listen. Thanks so much for your comments.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      This one is worth another read, Stephanie. As one of the "old wrecks" with "rusty hinges", I appreciate the concept that, like an antique car or old leaning house, there is something about me that might be aesthetically pleasing. Ha! At this stage, I'd be even more pleased to know that it's my mind....Voted Up+++

      Jaye

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      What a beautiful poem! Getting old is indeed not amusing. Thanks for sharing.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Vinaya Ghimire - Thank you, Vinaya, for your very kind comments! I do agree with your sentiments!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Victoria Lynn - Thanks for your kind words...they made me smile! Glad you liked my poem!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Thumbi7 - Thank you so much for your sweet comments about my mother! and thanks for the share, too!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Bobby - Although I have many days when I feel quite young, I find that "senior moments" come more often. Talking about our health seems to be a popular subject among seniors...I hope that I can keep my complaints to a minimum, too! Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Mary615, Good ole' George Burns was full of witty sayings! Thanks for the smile and for your comments!

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      Joanna 4 years ago from Valley Springs

      Well said! It's sad to see that our older people aren't revered as they should be. I love going over to my neighbor and talking with him. I learn so much!! He's been there, done that. He just turned 89 yrs old! He has the answers to life I'm seeking, and so many others are seeking, but don't realize it's right there in the older folks, spend some time and listen! Thank you Stephanie!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Old age makes us more aware, more sensitive, and more sensible.

      Beautiful composition.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This is delightful. Not only are the sentiments right on, but the rhythm is catchy and fun, adding to the words. It kind of has a Dr. Seuss kind of sound. I love it!

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      Your mother is very lucky to be cared for in such a nice way in her old age. People feel insecure when they think about old age because many of us may not be as lucky as your mother.

      Voted up and shared

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      Loved your hub and your mother looks so sweet with her kitty in her lap.

      I heard another Southern term the other day and when I remember it I am sending it to you.(That must mean I am getting older!)

      I will gladly take the journey with my bottle of Advil---like My Aunt Dora does. Her Advil is always with her.

      I cannot remember my grandmother ever saying she had a pain here or there---but I hear it from some of my neighbors. I said when my time comes to be old---I will not talk about my pains---but who knows I might.

      I hope all is well you and yours---I am happy I had this time to read your hub.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      George Burns said if he had known he was going to live this long, he would have taken better care of himself when he was younger! I don't mind getting older as long as everything works as it should.....so far, so good.

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Tillsontitan - It's our revenge on the young people who make fun of us...they will someday be walking in our shoes! Thanks for your comments! Never grow up! :)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      You've certainly nailed this one Stephanie. No matter our age we never think we're going to be THAT old. It is time to go back in history and revere our old...as you pointed out not just our old folks but our old buidings, cars and traditions. I may have to grow old but I don't have to grow up!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      teaches 12345 - Some days aging is not funny...sometimes it is! Time flies by so quickly, doesn't it? Glad you enjoyed the poem!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Sunshine, Glad you had a laugh out of this poem! It's Bill's birthday today, so maybe I'll read it to him...seems appropriate! LOL

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love your poem. As I approach the golden years, and I can now see the glow, I already experience some of the aging process. Seems like yesterday I was only a young girl wondering what to do after college. You have put this together nicely. Thanks for the lighthearted look at aging, it's a comfort we should all know.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      As long as we continue to be able to laugh at ourselves, getting old will be a piece of cake. I enjoyed your poems tremendously!! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Ladydeonne - It sounds like you have a great attitude about aging, one that is sure to keep you young at heart! Thanks so much for stopping by to read and comment. Keep dancing! :)

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      I love your wit and sense of humor and the way that you contrasted the aging of humans with the aging of old buildings. Older historical buildings are valued and loved. Our elderly population are also valued and loved. ,,,,,a national treasure . I like to believe that as I age, I will remain young at heart and that I will remain healthy and fully cognizant of what's going on in the world and around me. One of the best people. I continue to work with adolescents and they keep m on my toes. They keep me laughing and sometimes dancing. I plan to read more of your work. Thank you.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      jbshaban - So glad you were amused! :) As we can't do much to prevent getting older, we may as well smile!

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      jbshaban 4 years ago from California

      Great theme and very well done. Thanks for the amusing poem!

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Stephanie Henkel: I will put that on my "To Do List" unless I spot a good Hub that I can resurrect for someone else, and save the synapses for later. ;-o)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Perspycacious - While this is a lighthearted look at aging, your points about the importance of a living will are well taken. It's definitely something you should write a hub about.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      While the poem was good fun, there comes a time when "the 100 things worth living for" grow fewer and fewer, and it becomes time to discuss with family, your physician, clergy, a best friend, etc., and put in writing what things you may want or not want done to perpetuate your life. For example do you really want "to be brought back," to have a trachiotomy, a feeding tube, a respirator, oxygen, defibrilation, chemotherapy, resuscitation, and such other forms of medical care? When? Under what circumstances? And what about possible hospice care, assisted living, etc.? Do you have a "Living Will"? We spend much of our early life preparing to live. We should spend a little of our late life preparing to move on, so that others know how we really feel, and getting to the point where we know, too.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Perspycacious - How fortunate you are to have your mother with you and still composing poetry! I do hope she was amused by my poem! :) Thank you for sharing it with her and for your comments!

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Great fun I shared with my venerated 104+ mother. She has written beautiful poetry too. Now she says she writes them in her head as she goes to sleep, some of them to my dad who passed aon at age 92.5.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      JTfelton - As my father-in-law used to say, old age is hell, but it's better than the alternative! Glad you enjoyed the poem - thanks for stopping by to comment!

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      jtfelton 5 years ago

      This is a clever and amusing poem...its like in your face young people. I am young and very careful not to make fun because this, hopefully i will experience in a few decades.

      Great poem if I haven't said it already.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Htodd - Glad you enjoyed my poem about getting old - hope you were amused! :)

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Nice poem ..I enjoyed reading it

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      RedSoxFan - There seems to be a fine line between antique, vintage and just plain old! I like to think of myself as vintage! Haha... thanks for reading and commenting!

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      RedSoxFan 5 years ago

      I loved the poem and this hub. And it's so cute, I want to have someone read it, I will be sure to direct them to your hub. Absolutely beautiful and I'm sure the next time I see a rusty old car, or a half torn down building I think of this hub!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      KDee411 - All we can do about advancing age is keep our good humor! Glad you enjoyed the poem. Thanks for reading and voting! :)

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      KDee411 5 years ago from Bay Area, California

      I'm laughing, yes it's funny, but it's not fun. I love Stephanie,isn't that the truth middle age does seem young. Very funny.

      Very cleaver poem. Vote up +

      Kay

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Cosmic Bus - I think that no matter how old you are, it's an adjustment to move into the next age group! Just enjoy the moment - middle age will seem very young in a few years! :)

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      Cosmic Bus 5 years ago from Maryland

      Great! Finding middle age to be a bit disconcerting as well! Voted up.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Dahlia flower - Glad you were amused by my poem! Thanks for the comment and the share!

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      Dahlia Flower 5 years ago from Canada

      This was really fun -- reading this poem and then your prose on old cars and buildings. You've said it all so well. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      KDee411 - Thanks for stopping in to read my poem on Getting Old!

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      KDee411 5 years ago from Bay Area, California

      Very enjoyable I'll be back

      Kay

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Oceansnsunsets - We can only laugh at the discomforts of old age as we don't seem to have too many choices about the advancing years - take 'em or leave 'em! Thanks for your insightful comments!

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Stephanie, oh how I loved this poem! Its so true. I work with some older people fairly often, and hear them talk all the time about all kinds of things. I think its good for everyone, no matter their age, to consider those that "seem" so different from them, but really are not!

      Its so true, we ALL will be there one day, if we are lucky! I love old buildings and old cars and old things. I like how you talked about the value of life, and how some may not think much say, of an 89 year old. Your poem made me laugh in parts too, like "who is that guy, and who are you?" Voted up, awesome, funny, and interesting. Thanks for sharing another great hub.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      samanthajae - Thanks so much for your kind comments! I'm so glad you enjoyed the poem and I hope it gave you a smile!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Alphagirl - Thanks so much for your heartwarming comment! Sorry I missed responding to it earlier - don't know how I did that, but I really appreciate your visit!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Peggy - Oh, on some days I feel older than others and am definitely not amused by getting older! In her later years, my mother was often found with a book and a cat - when I think of her now, that's how I picture her. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comments!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stephanie,

      Oh I can so relate to this poem of yours!!! It is funny but also contains much truth. Your beautiful mother looks great in the photo relaxing with that book and cat on her lap. Also liked your words about the old rusted cars, buildings and antiques. Beauty comes in all forms. Up votes!

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      samanthajae 5 years ago

      Hi I like your poem very much.

      It is interestingly witty yet conveys an important message.

      Keep writing :)

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      alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

      I loved your poem. It was heartfelt from someone who may be getting older on the outside. You have a great spirit. Your poem made me laugh as well as cry, all so true!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Wordscribe - Many other cultures seem to have a great respect for the wisdom and experience of their elderly that we do not find here. It's sad. Thank you for stopping by to share your thoughts!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Cow Skeleton Hill - Thanks for stopping by to visit my hub and comment.

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      Elsie Nelson 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Stephanie, this is beautiful. It is so sad how forgotten our older generation is in this country. I loved in Japan for a few years and was stunned by the contrast- the senior population is revered and highly respected there, as it should be. I don't know what went wrong here in the US....

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      Cow Skeleton Hill 5 years ago from Florida

      Beautifully crafted. Check out my poems too!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Arusho - It's funny that when we're young, we're impatient for time to move more quickly, and never think that one day it will have moved too fast. Thanks for stopping in to comment!

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      arusho 5 years ago from University Place, Wa.

      Great poem and very good advice. That's a good way to look at aging and youth, that the young are getting older too!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Movie Master - Thank you for saying that about my mother. She did have beautiful white hair and a sweet nature, and this picture is very much how I remember her. Thanks for stopping by and for your nice comments about my poem!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Sally's Trove - The older I get, the more I think about attitudes about getting older - and the more my own attitude evolves!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comments. Thank you for the link! I love your FB site, too! It's nice to know other "Not So Old Broads!"

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      An up and awesome read. I especially enjoyed the thoughts about how old "things" are valued, while old people are not. I posted a link to here from our Not So Old Broads page on Facebook. :)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Your mother's photo is just so lovely.

      What a treat, a wonderful poem -

      voting up and all the buttons!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Stephaniedas - The older I get the more I regret some of the thoughts I had about getting older! Laughter is contagious - I'm sure your grandmother loves to hear you laugh and knows that you have much respect for her. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here!

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      Stephanie Das 5 years ago from Miami, US

      This poem is great! You are right, sometimes people don't treat the elderly with basic respect. I'm glad you can express yourself so beautifully and with humor. And don't worry-- I admit that sometimes I laugh when my grandmother mishears me, but I do have the utmost respect for her 85 years!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Happyboomernurse - I guess you know I'm not a serious poet like so many of the talented people here, but this was fun to write. I did have my mother in mind when I wrote this poem about getting old. She did love books and cats -not sure in which order! Thanks for your comments- as always, I love hearing from you!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Loved this!!! I knew, just from the title and the fact that you were the author, that I was going to be in for a real treat and this hub definitely lived up to my expectations!

      Your mother looks beautiful and has the right idea about aging.

      Voted up across the board.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Vinaya - Hmmm...then I'll just have to look the other way... :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Yes, getting old is not amusing because we see death and decadence approaching. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Austinstar - I love your "Tick Tock" poem, too! Getting older...great minds think along the same lines as we sit and rock...

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      Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      This one is better than my Tick Tock one! I'm jealous. But I have more to come. At least until the alternative hits.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      FloraBreenRobison - I've never heard the one about TURNing 30 like a carton of milk gone bad! But it's definitely the attitude of some under-30 types. As for me, turning 30 would be like going back to my childhood! :) Thanks for your insight on old age - I guess I haven't made it to the age where it's a status symbol!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Rosemary50 - I'm glad you mentioned the real secret of happiness as we age– staying young at heart! HubPages is a great brain exerciser, isn't it? Thanks for stopping by, and hope you're feeling 30 today! :)

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      I am reminded of the George Carlon bit on aging. When we are children we go in months. (eg. I'm 21/2). Then at 30 we TURN 30 -like a carton of milk that has gone bad. It's all downhill from there until you are at an age where most of your contemporaries are dead, and then your age is a status symbol.