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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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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.

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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!

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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.

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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)

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Comments

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

John, thanks for the honest reply. I believe no one likes it. LOL ;) Yes, am feeling much better. Thank you for your concerns.

Stay safe and healthy

Blessings always

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 20, 2021:

Glad to see you back after your break, Misbah. I hope you feel refreshed. Thank you for reading, and glad you especially liked that poem and quote. Blessings. I don’t like ageing either btw.

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

John, you have written great poems in response to Brenda's Prompt. I enjoyed reading all of them. "Life's Game" is my favorite. I despise the process of aging. Lol. I believe this is how all females feel but I also believe there are a few men as well who feel the same way, right? ;)

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. -- Mark Twain

Stay happy and healthy

Blessings always, dear friend

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 20, 2021:

Thank you for taking the time to read these poems, Peace. I appreciate your generous comment.

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

Hi Jodah...these are all wonderful poems..I enjoyed reading the. You're so good with your pen.

Thank you for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 19, 2021:

Hi Lora, it's always great to receive a comment from you. Yes, I guess I was a bit mischievous as a child, hopefully, I am better behaved now though I don't think I have changed that much inside. Thanks for reading and have a great day.

Lora Hollings on July 19, 2021:

John, you did those things when you were just a boy? You certainly were mischievous. I found all your poems to be a delightful read and the last one was my favorite! There were some great lines and wisdom too. It's funny how little we really do change. It seems like we want the same things internally even though we may look quite different, externally. Excellent job with this prompt.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 19, 2021:

Hi Shauna. I would probably make most of the same mistakes too if I could be a child again. Though if I knew what I do now, there’d be a couple of changes. Haha I read that as “outgrown my religious stage” ..

Thanks for reading and have a great week.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 19, 2021:

John, I absolutely love these. My favorites are "I'm Not My Age" and "If I Were Young Again". You covered the aging process beautifully. I know I certainly can relate. But, if I'm to be honest, if I were young again, I'd probably make the same mistakes all over and constantly be in trouble with my parents. Thank goodness I've since learned and have outgrown my rebellious stage!

I really enjoyed these, John. I'm going to go back now to read the comments.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2021:

Hi Bobbi, thank you for reading these poems. Do me a favour..never lose that young at heart feeling. Cheers.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2021:

Linda, Yes, we are both “classic” and don’t let anyone say otherwise. I am so glad these poems gave you a smile and that you could relate. Have a great weekend.

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on July 17, 2021:

Hi Jodah,

I am happy I had this chance to read your poem--I enjoyed it so much. I keep telling myself I am young at heart--age is just a number--and I do feel great.

Thanks for sharing,

Bobbi Purvis

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 17, 2021:

John, I loved them all, but "If I Were Young Again" really brought a smile to my face. "I'm Not That Old" -- wow, I can relate to that one. I still feel the same inside, but who is that old lady in the mirror.

By the way, I'm not elderly, I'm classic!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2021:

Thank you, Peggy. I wish you the same.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2021:

Lovely poems, John. Yes, old dogs DO give lovely licks! I also enjoyed the quotes. May you always be young at heart!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2021:

Hi Rosina. I am glad you enjoyed these poems and they brightened your afternoon. Thanks for your kind comment.

Rosina S Khan on July 17, 2021:

Lovely poetry, John. Loved all the poems and quotes too. I especially liked the last line of your last poem, "Age matters little in life's game." Thanks for sharing. I feel so good reading these poems this afternoon, which made it brighter and shinier for me.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2021:

Thank you, Bro, I am honoured that you enjoyed these poems.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2021:

Thank you for reading, Devika. Glad you enjoyed it. Yes, we often try to beat age.

manatita44 from london on July 17, 2021:

I love them all. If I Were Young Again is my favourite, followed by Age. All excellent work.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 17, 2021:

Jodah Your poems are fantastic! Age is a number we often think about and I try not to live by it.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2021:

Hi Pamela, I am glad you enjoyed these poems and found them fun. I tried to be lighthearted and not sound too serious. Have a great day.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2021:

Goodmorning to you MsDora. I would be honoured for you to quote some lines from my poem in the book. Thank you.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 17, 2021:

I really enjoyed your poems, John. They were overly lighthearted and fun to read.

I relate to: "That’s not my age; it’s just not true.

My mind is young; the time just flew."

How did I get this old? The time did fly.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 17, 2021:

Good Morning, Jodah. I love all these poems. The first one brings back memories of my mother who, when she succumbed to Alzheimer's would tell the date of her birth, then insist that she was not that old. I'd like your permission please to quote some lines from Life's Game in a book I'm working on for seniors. Thanks for sharing such sterling quality poetry.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 16, 2021:

Haha, Umesh. Yes, I am pleased you liked those lines. Thank you for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 16, 2021:

Thank you, Brenda. I like how you dissect my poems and explain them. You are always spot on and that adds value to the article. I am glad you enjoyed these poems and the quotes as well. What a great prompt to work with,

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 16, 2021:

John, I liked the line -

If I were young again - you’d see!

A very good boy I would be!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 16, 2021:

John

In your poem, "I'm Not My Age" tells us the story about how we look in the mirror and know we are not as old as we seem to be for we still feel young.

In your poem, "If I Were Young Again" you tell us a comical story about how we would be good if we were young once again.

This one is too cute... as you look back now at sixty four.

In your poem, "Age" you show us the differences of how we experience age at the time.

Like when we are young we are childish, but as we grow older we are mature.

In your poem, " Life's Game" you tell us age is just a number.

We stay young at heart no matter what our appearance seems.

We can find new ways to do old things.

Keep up with the latest trends but don't forget the older one gets the better he gives.

Remember to keep taking with the youngsters showing them the importance of coming when dinner is called.

For in the end, we are all the same.

Age doesn't matter.

You end your article with inspirational quotes.

I love this one:

"Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!" - Ingrid Bergman

You just set the bar quite high.

Great job!

I will post a link in the word prompt article.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 16, 2021:

Liz, thank you for reading. I am happy these poems resonated with you. I am sure that has nothing to do with age...then again lol. I appreciate your kind words.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 16, 2021:

Hello Vidya, it is nice to hear that you were looking forward to my response. Glad these poems didn't disappoint and that they gave you a smile. You have a good day too.

Liz Westwood from UK on July 16, 2021:

This is a great collection of themed poetry. You have a great skill with words which you have used to good effect in this article. Your poetry strikes a chord and resonates with the reader. Maybe that's my age showing!

VIDYA D SAGAR on July 16, 2021:

Superb poems John. I enjoyed reading them. I was smiling throughout while reading. I was looking forward to reading your response. It was worth the wait. You have brought out all the nuances of age and aging beautifully. And the quotes and song by Rod Stewart are great. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 16, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada. Thank you for being the first to read this collection. Yes, "age" encompasses so much. I tried to cover as many aspects as I could think of. Have a great day.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 16, 2021:

Awesome collection of poems in response to the word prompt, age. I loved reading each one of them.

So many thoughts come to the mind, when we think of ‘age.’ You have probably compiled all of them, beautifully in your poems.

Well expressed, and beautifully crafted. Thank you for sharing.

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