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Old 11-20-2012, 07:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Some thoughts by an anonymous author

Cranky Old Man

What do you see nurses?… … What do you see?
What are you thinking… … when you’re looking at me?
A cranky old man… … not very wise,
Uncertain of habit… … with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food… … and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice… … ‘I do wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice… … the things that you do.
And forever is losing… … A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not… … lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding… … The long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking?… … Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse… … you’re not looking at me.
I’ll tell you who I am … … As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding… … as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of Ten… … with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters… … who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen… … with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now… … a lover he’ll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty… … my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows… … that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now… … I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide… … And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty… … My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other… … With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons… … have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me… … to see I don’t mourn.
At Fifty, once more… … Babies play ‘round my knee,
Again, we know children … … My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me… … My wife is now dead.
I look at the future… … I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing… … young of their own.
And I think of the years… … And the love that I’ve known.
I’m now an old man… … and nature is cruel.
It’s jest to make old age… … look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles… … grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone… … where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass… … A young man still dwells,
And now and again… … my battered heart swells
I remember the joys… … I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living… … life over again.
I think of the years, all too few… … gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact… … that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people… … open and see.
Not a cranky old man… …
Look closer… see … … . . ME!!
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Reflections

Look into an old persons eyes
You’ll see days of joy and happiness
Days of pain and sorrow
Memories of yesterdays
And a few thoughts of tomorrow

Look into an old persons eyes
Looking back are experiences of many years
Wisdom, knowledge, traces of tears
Eyes that never learned to hate
Because the love was always stronger
Eyes that have learned to wait
For the good things take longer

Look into an old persons eyes
You’ll see eyes that are knowing
Because they’ve already been
where you’re just going
They have looked at life
They have seen it through
They know of the strife
In the things you’ve yet to do

Look into an old persons eyes
The years have made them duller
Than when they were new
Now, no matter what their color
They’re too often blue
From loneliness

Look into an old persons eyes
You might see your own reflection cast
From out of your future into the past
Look into an old persons eyes
Your vision will become clearer
And before long you’ll realize
It’s only you looking into a mirror


© R.Respress 1970
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Reflections

Look into an old persons eyes
You’ll see days of joy and happiness
Days of pain and sorrow
Memories of yesterdays
And a few thoughts of tomorrow

Look into an old persons eyes
Looking back are experiences of many years
Wisdom, knowledge, traces of tears
Eyes that never learned to hate
Because the love was always stronger
Eyes that have learned to wait
For the good things take longer

Look into an old persons eyes
You’ll see eyes that are knowing
Because they’ve already been
where you’re just going
They have looked at life
They have seen it through
They know of the strife
In the things you’ve yet to do

Look into an old persons eyes
The years have made them duller
Than when they were new
Now, no matter what their color
They’re too often blue
From loneliness

Look into an old persons eyes
You might see your own reflection cast
From out of your future into the past
Look into an old persons eyes
Your vision will become clearer
And before long you’ll realize
It’s only you looking into a mirror


© R.Respress 1970
Awesome!!!! I will have to steal that from you for my Dad.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Awesome!!!! I will have to steal that from you for my Dad.
Thanks!
I wrote that in my young hippie/artist/poet days when I was only 25 years old.
Now I'm seeing it come true as I live it.
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