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Old but Still Breathing in Life

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Old but Still Breathing in Life

Journey's end of the final leg of our life.
Our independence, our kids want to take away.
You do your things and just please let us do ours.
The youth think their elders are lapsing into apathy.
No longer caring about life or worldly things.
At our old age we've become world-weary.
Wrinkled and not as strong, but still breathing in life.
We have much insight and wisdom rather than ambition.
But the young are too busy to really listen to the old.
We are too tired and old to fight with our young.
Eccentric is whispered, we never felt so alone.
Apathy is part of growing old, a sadness of old age.
Our youth appears loud and frantic ordering us about.
Too much chaotic confusion is hard on our old brains.
We'd rather avoid conflicts and let harmony stay within.
We still have a full deck, we just shuffle it slower now.
All we ask from our young folks is patience and respect.
It's the sadness that takes us out not necessarily our age.

'A Tribute To Old Age'

For Nathan A's contest, "Any Poem"

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  1. Date: 2/1/2013 4:50:00 PM
    Reads like a winner..Great way to go with the theme..I like the line "We still have a full deck we just shuffle it slower now"..Good luck in the contest..Thanks for stopping by with congrats ..Sara

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/1/2013 6:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Sara this was a personal write for me. It came from the heart. We're all going to be there someday, and need to keep our independence of mind as long as possible. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 2/1/2013 11:35:00 AM
    wow, connie, this is a very well written poem about the struggles between the two generations but with a keen eye on what the elderly need and want. I am thankful to have a very sweet daughter who is nothing but kind to me. My son just annoys me by always telling me I "could have done more" with my life and telling me to go back to school. Yeah, right. go back to school and get a masters? I think NOT. I just wish I could retire one day!! How are you doing, dear lady??

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/1/2013 6:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I have a son like that. No daughter, just one son. I'm doing okay until I go to bed. This neck brace is hard to sleep with, creates so much pain I have to get up. Going to start sleeping in the lazy boy chair tonight. Another month with this brace I hope. Thanks Andrea for your comment and for stopping by. Stay well and kick your son's butt. Warm Smiles Always, Connie
  1. Date: 1/31/2013 6:18:00 PM
    I enjoyed reading your verse this evening, thank you. Light & love

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/1/2013 6:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your comment and for stopping by Debbie. We are all going to be there at one point in are life. Thought I'd address it in a poem. Warm Smiles, Connie
  1. Date: 1/31/2013 5:28:00 PM
    nice tribute Connie....I like the shuffle it slower line.........thanks for stopping by

    Gildersleeve Avatar Connie Gildersleeve
    Date: 2/1/2013 7:03:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Joseph for your comment. We are all going to be there one day. Warm Smiles, Connie