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Below is the poem entitled THIS IS HOW LIFE FEELS WHEN YOU GET TO BE MY AGE which was written by poet Sidney Beck. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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I have a general philosophical  precept
Life is in general a bowl of cherries except 
When someone stabs me in the back who didn’t oughta
From a completely unexpected quarter
I mean it’s ok if some dude whom I don’t like or trust
Has a go at me and feels he must
But if my wife tells me I continually bug her with my fidgets 
And then she  runs off with a team of one-legged circus midgets
Or my kids sell their hand-bound volumes of my poems
To buy a ton of horse manure to mix with the garden loams
And even the cat turns down my offer of warm milk
To go next door and sleep on sheets of silk
Or if a poetry contest excludes me simply because my name 
Is unacceptable, maybe because I am black, or lacking in fame, 
Or because I’m Methodist, and  gay, and Republican, and from  East Lansing,
Then I say to myself, well  here’s the thing:
If, along with my poem entry, I’ve  slipped in fifty bucks,
Well then  how can I be excluded?  I mean shucks  -
Rules is rules but when I’ve already paid to be in the winners’ list
I feel I have the right,  and  I just gotta insist,  
Cos midgets and fidgets don’t amount to squat
And sheets of silk or loads of horse manure is a lot
But  my name’s my pride and joy and I am proud to add it
(But I fear to do it again in this contest or I’ve had it),
So in this contest I will remain anonymous
Though I guess the details writ here are just about synonymous 
With a name  I do not dare speak  - at risk of exclusion
But I’m pretty sure this extra fifty bucks will lessen the confusion.
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Written  - with great affection -  for
Nancy Jones's   Contest 	"This is how life feels when you get to be my age..."

Copyright © Sidney Beck

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  1. Date: 8/21/2012 8:01:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win. Take care Lee

  1. Date: 8/21/2012 7:07:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win Sidney. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/20/2012 4:56:00 AM
    Congratulations on your smashing win, sorry its a bit late xx

  1. Date: 8/19/2012 2:02:00 AM
    Sidney belated congrats on your win...David

  1. Date: 8/18/2012 11:44:00 AM
    congratulations, Sidney. I totally agree on the thing about names on contests, but I have to tell you, I think some of the judges telling us they do not require names are nonetheless checking out who they give the wins too. Just my take on it, but hey, I am really glad to see YOUR name on this list. you deserve wins left and right, my friend! congrats on your well deserved win.

  1. Date: 8/18/2012 9:02:00 AM
    Hilarious and brilliant sarcasm, Sidney! Congratulations... (make it $75 and we got a deal!) - Tim

  1. Date: 8/18/2012 8:25:00 AM
    I always love your poems, but some are so genius and witty, with sarcasim and is like hearing my husband grumble as he reads the paper or watches the news! Excellent!!!

  1. Date: 8/18/2012 7:33:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poem winning.

  1. Date: 8/18/2012 3:55:00 AM
    lol.... Hug to you, Syd. Congratulations on your win, Suzette

  1. Date: 8/17/2012 8:49:00 PM
    OMG, Syd, Is it really YOU! Man I love your style, mostly because it makes me chuckle and wring my fist at the same time:) ok, ifya wanna soup mail me a mailin' address, you got and Occupy Gainesville button headed your way. Namaste, bro ~N

  1. Date: 8/6/2012 11:09:00 AM
    Hi Sidnney great write lol, hope you do well in the comp, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 8/6/2012 2:24:00 AM
    hmmm, pretty smart for a student of mine who dishes 50 bucks just to get in the show, lol.. fine work, KC.. a lot of anonymous poems are classics now... shine on!..:) huggs!

  1. Date: 8/4/2012 9:49:00 PM
    : ) Well.......Deborah had said it! I love Deborah! : ) I dont understand why the sponsors want to contact us in an eventual case of mispelling!! LOL! Blacklists in our wonderful P.S.?? : ) Best wishes in Nancy's Contest, Sidney. Ruben.

  1. Date: 8/4/2012 6:28:00 PM other site asks a poet to put his name on the JUDGED ENTRY. And none require the JUDGES name, lol Linda Marie started this..LOL..I see it as an unvarnished attempt at self promotion and totally egocentric, having not one bloody thing to do with the quailty of the write, and to disregard a write because you don't put the JUDGES name on your poem LOL shame..shame shame..Nancy's a rebel she should love this [did she require her name?] Light & Love

  1. Date: 8/4/2012 4:45:00 PM
    Well this sure is one of a kind poem. there will not be another one like it. I like it. Thanks for sharing. Lucilla