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Poems For the Ages

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

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Image by skalekar1992 from Pixabay

Inspiration and Weekly Word Prompt: Age

The following four poems: I'm Not My Age, If I Were Young Again, Age and Life's Game were written in response to the word prompt "Age" from: "Word Prompts Help Creativity ~Week 21" by Brenda Arledge.

Once again Brenda has provided us with a wonderful prompt, and as usual, I have to write a response. The best part of these challenges by Brenda is reading all the other wonderful poetry, short stories etc that the words inspire.

If there is one subject that we can all relate to it certainly is "Age." There is no escaping it, we deal with it throughout our lives and experience the highs and lows that come with each stage of the journey.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

I'm Not My Age

That’s not my age; it’s just not true.

My mind is young; the time just flew.

I still have some favourite toys,

My best friends I still call the boys.


I love an ice cream in a cone,

Know how to text on my smartphone.

I often wear my skinny jeans,

And still don’t like to eat my greens.


I’ve short attention; easy bored,

The mirror on my wall’s a fraud,

I’m staring at this wrinkled face,

And sure someone else took my place!

Image by White77 from Pixabay

Image by White77 from Pixabay

If I Were Young Again ...

If I were young again - you’d see!

A very good boy I would be!

I’d never sulk, I’d never cry,

I'd never beg for apple pie.


I would not cause my Ma distress,

I'd never baulk to bathe and dress.

I'd rather do my chores than play,

From school, I’d never run away.


The truth I’d never think to bend,

I’d share my toys with every friend.

I'd gladly go to bed at eight,

And never ask to stay up late.


I'd take my medicine when ill,

And not an insect would I kill.

I'd never want to play with fire,

Or eat food after date expired.


I’d never start my Papa’s car,

Pretend I was a race-track star.

Or make mud pies in Ma’s best plate,

“Your Pa will be home soon, just wait!”


For each bad thing I may have done -

Or mischief had, purely for fun -

I'd bend with hands upon my knees,

And say, “Dear Papa, spank me, please."

It’s easy to be good, and more,

When looking back from sixty-four.

Image by giselaatje from Pixabay

Image by giselaatje from Pixabay

Age

Old

Young

Mature

Childish

Experienced

Green

Elderly

Youthful

Ancient

Juvenile

Antique

New

Classic

Contemporary

Past

Future

Then

Now

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Life's Game

What is age? It’s just a word,

Or a number, so I’ve heard.

Birth, childhood, adulthood, death,

With others, we share every breath.


In time the body starts to wain,

But the spirit always stays the same.

And though appearances may change, that’s fine,

We stay young in our hearts and mind.


Our body slows and loses power,

But don’t let these things make you sour.

Just find new ways to do old things,

Experience pulls many strings.


So, keep up with the latest trends,

Keep acting young, at least pretend.

You cannot teach an old dog tricks,

But they can give such loving licks.


And who cares if they won’t chase balls,

They come when the word Dinner's called.

So keep conversing with the young,

Don’t sit upon a higher rung.


For, all in all, we’re much the same,

Age matters little in life’s game.

Old Dog: Image by Pezibear from Pixabay

Old Dog: Image by Pezibear from Pixabay

Ten Quotes About Aging

  • "Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears."

    - John Lennon
  • "Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional!" - Walt Disney
  • "We are always the same age inside." - Gertrude Stein
  • "Wrinkles will only go where the smiles have been." - Jimmy Buffet
  • "Age is something that doesn't matter... unless you are a cheese!" - Billie Burke
  • "When we were small children, we all played dress-up and everybody had a good time. So why stop?" - Iris Apfel
  • "Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!" - Ingrid Bergman
  • "The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old." - Franz Kafka
  • "Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever." - Walt Disney

    (source: brightwatergroup.com)

© 2021 John Hansen

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