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Getting Old Is Not Amusing - A Poem

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...

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.

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.

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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