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it’s a given
old people are forgetful
every one says so
most old people will listen
and so they are infected

when one gets older
one naturally slows down
every one says so
most old people will listen
and their minds are infected

these few listened too
deaf beethoven wrote his ninth
einstein listened
verdi – 80 – wrote falstaff
they called it miraculous

the old just wither
they just wait around to die
listen to the crowd
some greats, too were listening
but it’s what they listened to

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  1. Date: 1/16/2014 1:59:00 PM
    What was it that "they listened to", Daver? Sometimes music will enter the mind from the strangest sources. Almost as though it is felt on an angel's breath. "old" is a blessing, a gift., When one listens to the work of these composers, one shouldn't think of their age, but rather the artistry, skill and accomplishment. As you do. Keep well Daver! Love, Mikki

  1. Date: 10/29/2013 9:11:00 PM
    It is not difficult to recognize wisdom, and you have it in spades! Bravo David!

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 2:55:00 PM
    thanks for your lovely comments today. Glad you also liked some pop stars. Gosh,there was not ONE beatle song you really liked? They were not my favorites but I liked a few songs such as strawberry fields, Yesterday, and Imagine.

  1. Date: 10/15/2013 8:19:00 AM
    Dear Daver - You are the one! What a statement for old and young alike to the genius of the old. love you, Kathy

  1. Date: 10/14/2013 4:56:00 PM
    Hi Daver Sadness is close to Joy as love is close to Hate The mind plays tricks. Your view on life is your saviour Brian

  1. Date: 10/12/2013 4:08:00 PM
    Hi, Daver, I sense the sadness in this one. No fun getting old. Well there is SOME good in it. We get to partake of your wisdom!

  1. Date: 10/12/2013 8:40:00 AM
    Daver it's a sad fact of life, nicely penned my friend...good to read your work once more...David

  1. Date: 10/9/2013 9:14:00 PM
    Meaningful expressions on old age, Presently I am running a contest on Old age with Nonet form, daver

  1. Date: 10/9/2013 1:11:00 PM
    My aging mind can still appreciate a great poem...good to see your word again. BG