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Below is the poem entitled SENIORS OLYMPICS which was written by poet Alan Douglas. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Images of fearsomely fit youth everywhere,
healthy people, all bronzed, featured
by the second, on screens and public spaces : 
fit and flash, but always  young, Olympians.

I protest, for we seniors are just as sporty;
we recycle daily, suffer running noses;
fallen archery’s no problem at all - well, it is -
as we routinely wrestle with living.

Best not to even mention water sports.
Weightlifting self out of armchair is hourly,
when diving for the loo, as is rowing back
from much too easily expressed criticism.

We ping pong daily with potions and pills.
Sailing close to the wind, shooting mouth off, 
leads to embarrassed synchronized grinning.
Annoy us and you will get a right kayaking.

Much of our lives consists of sundry hurdles;
shops are like a cross-country marathon,
or a steeplechase broken into relays, 
bench to leaned-on wall, to bench again.

And, we’ve all done pent- and heptathlon,
with the dec- coming in to (or out of) focus,
we need not discus these ageist Olympics, 
I have hammered my point enough ....

Alan McAlpine Douglas

Copyright © Alan Douglas

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  1. Date: 3/28/2012 4:02:00 PM
    gave me a chuckle

  1. Date: 3/28/2012 5:47:00 AM
    This is so good I smiled through the whole thing, love your sense of humor, never too old to run for gold, even if it is in your dreams. Thank you for the joy you bring this morning hugs vie

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    Date: 3/28/2012 4:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Dear Vienna and Francine, Thank you both for the comments, I certainly had fun writing it. Vienna, I have never heard my mother's birth town used as a forename before. Love Alan