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Poem: Youthfulness Fades

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Poem Summary

Youthfulness fades is a poem about feeling the effects of old age creeping upon you. Your youthfulness no longer sparkles. You feel aches with the Winter chill. You experience brain fog, where your thoughts are confused or lost. You remember being young just like it was yesterday .

"Don't Blink - by Kenny Chesney "

Youthfulness Fades

Her youthfulness fades,

no longer sparkling

like a fresh coat of snow.


The coldness of Winter's chill

makes her joints creak

like a rusty tin man.


Her enthusiastic smile grows dim,

her thoughts in a constant fog

like the scarecrow without a brain.


Feeling the temperament of old age

creeping into her weary bones,

she remembers yesterday

like she is a young girl.

"As Good As I Once Was - Toby Keith"

© 2021 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 28, 2021:

Here's one for you

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 27, 2021:

BBYCGN

Lol! 18 is not old.

My problem is I think I am young and try doing things I used to do.

The next day I feel the pain. Oh Lord...I'm not as young as I used to be, but I still think I am.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 27, 2021:

BBYCGN,

Thank you.

You are right about that one!

Too bad we didn't have all that knowledge in our younger days.

Have a great evening.

Tamara Yancosky from Uninhabited Regions on February 27, 2021:

It’s almost disorienting in its effect. One day we are running marathons, and the next, naps our a favored pastime.

Of course, when I was 18, I considered myself old. LOL.

The body changes, but the mind remains no particular age. It’s shocking, really.

Tamara Yancosky from Uninhabited Regions on February 27, 2021:

Yeah, sure does. But, wisdom increases. That’s a plus!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 26, 2021:

Its okay

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 25, 2021:

Awe...youthfulness.

I wish I felt that way this morning.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 23, 2021:

Age creeps up on us...slowly

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 22, 2021:

Nithya,

Thank you so much.

Old age does creep upon us...one day I'm still a young gal the next someone is calling me Ma'am.

I'm with you...age is only a number.

We are as young as we think we are...

Have a great day.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on February 22, 2021:

A great poem; time flies, and old age slowly creeps upon us. Old age cannot be avoided, but age is just a number; it is the spirit inside that counts.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 22, 2021:

Peggy,

Thank you.

I think you look just fine from your picture.

I still feel young too, until I lift something too heavy or shovel the snow. Then my bones tell me a different story.

Have a great week.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 22, 2021:

Harriet,

Thank you for reading my work.

I remember my mother saying us kids were going to give her grey hair.

I suppose we did, but she dyes it.

I, on the other hand, will wear my grey proudly.

Aging is worthwhile.

Have a great week.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 22, 2021:

Time passes so quickly. I still feel like a youngster inside, except when I look in the mirror. Ha!

Harriet Dionela from Taguig City, Philippines on February 22, 2021:

Thank you for this poem. I have read somewhere that each gray hair should be a proof of one's worthwhile aging.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 22, 2021:

Misbah,

Thank you.

I agree. We need to make yhis journey a remarkable one...as they say, A moment to remember.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 22, 2021:

Manatita44,

I can remember the first time someone called me Ma'am in the store.

Now it seems that is my label.

But yet...I don't remember getting old.

When I look in the mirror, I'm still young & vibrant.

But my bones...well they creak and have aches.

I guess we are as young as we feel.

Take care my friend.

21 made me smile.

Thank you.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 22, 2021:

Janis,

Nice to see you visiting my work.

Yes, I'm young in Spirit too.

At least I feel alot younger than I actually am.

I kinda think it's all how one looks at life. But my jounts still ache, so I suppose that's old age creeping upon me.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 22, 2021:

Vanita,

Thank you.

Each moment in life us so very precious.

I like that joy & laughter are ageless.

I must be pretty young at heart.

Have acgreat day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 22, 2021:

Amani,

Thank you.

It is great to see you.

Time really does fly by...one minute we are young and full of youth...the next we are feeling old age creep upon us.

Enjoy each day my friend.

We don't know how long we truly have...Live your Life.

Misbah from The Planet Earth on February 22, 2021:

I enjoyed reading it Brenda

Ageing is a natural process and we all are travellers of the same final destination so all have to check-in and check out at the same stages of age at a particular time.

no one can deny ageing, but we should try to make our journey a remarkable one

Blessings

manatita44 from london on February 22, 2021:

The problem here is not the body, which truly age, but the fact that the 'spiritual Heart' remains so young! That can deceive us, until a friend says or does something which gives us a reality check, like offering a seat, or allowing you to go in the front of the queue at Post-offices and Supermarkets. Haha.

I gave my daughter 3 presents on Sunday for her birthday. She received the book, the flowers ... but not the third. I could not remember what it was. Lol. You're not alone, Brenda. I was 21 on February 10th. Lol.

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on February 22, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

Yes! I'm feeling the signs of aging. Although my spirit is still spry, I all of a sudden started moving slower, feeling aches here and there, lol. Thanks for validating us who are of a certain age. Your poem hits on all the right notes. Stay young at heart!

Vanita Thakkar on February 22, 2021:

Aging is natural and it shows itself in many ways. You described some of them very well in your poem.

Memories are treasures that grow with age and in them, youthfulness stays on with us.

Joy and laughter are ageless.

Enjoy your present and your memories !! Have a great time !!

Amani Utembu from Nairobi -Kenya on February 22, 2021:

This articles just reminded me that time really does fly by...

A great read.

Thank you Brenda for sharong this.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 22, 2021:

Bill,

Thank you.

I doubt that you need to worry about becoming totally immobile with Maggie & Tobi around to keep you out on those walks.

I never pictured you as a Soap Opera Man, but a little television is good for us.

Gives us that needed break from our routine.

Take care and have a nice day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 22, 2021:

Rosina,

Thank you.

Appreciating the little things is a tremendous joy.

It helps us to keep walking forward.

Stop to smell the roses as they say.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 22, 2021:

Dora,

Thank you.

I like that idea...accepting today inspires us to find joy in the moment.

I believe in makingvthe most of each moment in life, so that hits me in the heart.

Very touching.

Take care and have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 22, 2021:

Pamela,

I think we all get that grey hair.

My mom dyes hers, ever since she was in her thirties.

Me...well, it's gonna stay all natural.

Memories are wonderful. Somehow, I think as we age the memories seem more beautiful.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 22, 2021:

Rose,

Thank you.

It's good to hear that we mellow as we age.

Maybe there is hope to close those gaps between friends & family.

Aging gracefully sounds nice, but I don't know how to accomplish that one.

Thanks for reading.

Have a great day.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 22, 2021:

I feel it, and you captured it. I'm limping around lately like an old man, which is logical since I am an old man. lol I think it's time to get back to yoga before I'm totally immobile, watching daytime game shows and soap operas.

Rosina S Khan on February 22, 2021:

Brenda, we all are aging in different stages of our life. It is a part of life and from it also, we have learn to acquire joy by doing things we love. They do not have to be something big. Just appreciating little things will go a long way. God bless!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 22, 2021:

The truth in your poem makes me smile. Remembering yesterday may give us happy memories, but accepting today inspires us to find joy in the moment.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 22, 2021:

I think you might have written the poem about me, Brenda. You may have noticed the gray hair in my picture. I really did like your poem and it is well done. Memories are so important as you age.

schoolgirlforreal on February 22, 2021:

This is a sweet poem, and a good look into what it is to age. Some say to age gracefully. I think that's wise. When my dad got older he got more mellow, and I was blessed to have special time with him.

Also my brother was very nice to me before he passed.

I always try to have quality time with loved ones.

Rose

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