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AGE

I have worked with the elderly for many years,
Heard many happy stories and shed a few tears.
I keep in mind a story I was once told,
How it is like for the elderly to grow old.

Put on bottle cap glasses so you can’t see to well,
While I finish my story I must tell.
Place ear plugs in so that I must shout,
My words will be very hard to figure out. 

Now dear put some pebbles in your shoes,
So when you walk slow you have an excuse.
Some think that because I where diapers I'm a baby again,
And treat me like I can’t understand.

And when I'm sometimes blue,
Nurses patronize me saying I know what you’re going through.
Remember I once lived in a grand home,
And had a family of my own.

I took my youth for granted like we all do,
So you must understand why I sometimes get blue.
Nurses come into my room and don’t even knock,
Sometimes assuming I'm as deaf as a rock.

Sometimes they talk as if I'm not there,
Some just pretend that they care.
Some call me sweetie and dear,
Sometimes forgetting “ Yoo-hoo! I was born first here.”

So when I get snippy and snap at your heel,
You must understand how I must feel.
To once have control and lose my dignity,
Is not what I envisioned for me.

I am perpetually young at heart,
even if my face don't play the part
So next time you see me wheeling through,
To assume make an ass out of me and you

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  1. Date: 4/8/2013 8:27:00 PM

    wow.. a very sad indeed. nothing bad is ever envisioned for us, but sometimes it happens.. a very sad one, nothing more painful than growing old lonely. You pictured it well. Congrats on the win.

  1. Date: 4/8/2013 2:54:00 PM

    Awesome Lisa, dignity is often forgotten when dealing with seniors in hospitals or nursing homes. Congrats on your win. Rick

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 7:16:00 PM

    A beautiful poem that reminds people that dignity is somtimes the truest gift we can offer a fellow human being. Congratulations on your win.

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 6:35:00 PM

    Very well written and so true Lisa, congrats on your win xxxx

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 6:26:00 PM

    Hi Lisa, i love what you have to write about again, you did well in Susan's "AGING" contest. Congratulations:-) take care~LINDA

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 4:53:00 PM

    Ah, this really hits home Lisa...I watched my father and both grandfathers go through this...They were all proud, bold and virile men and to see them become so dependant and they HATED it!...When my time comes for this I will most certainly be a filthy, immoral, dirty old man, goosing and pinching every ding-bat nurse in sight, and if they are male, well, let's say I would have a firm grasp of the situation...

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 4:48:00 PM

    Enjoyed this immensely....I work in long term care and you summed up what most seniors feel. I'm going to print out this poem and post it at my work. A wonderful write and win! Hugs

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 2:47:00 PM

    Great story about how the elderly can be treated by the less than sensitive. Congratulaitons on your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 4/7/2013 1:11:00 PM

    Oh so true, how sadly we treat people assuming. Great poem hit home.

  1. Date: 11/7/2008 5:26:00 PM

    very touching, yet so true. we forget that its a privledge to grow old, hopefully with grace and dignity, not pain and anguish.

  1. Date: 11/5/2008 6:19:00 PM

    The old are sometimes forgot,overlooked and pushed aside by the young who think they have bigger problems.Great write,keep it up.A friend always,Charlie.P.S.Thanks for the opinion on my work.

  1. Date: 10/31/2008 7:07:00 AM

    Although I'm not so old, I have a degenerative disease which affects my speech and some people who don't know me treat me as if I am stupid..so I can relate to your sympathetic poem very well...bravo to you too Lisa

  1. Date: 10/30/2008 6:28:00 PM

    An elegant rhyming narrative poetry. A good picturization of old age. Being retired I dread to come to the stage you are describing. I quote a Quatrain from my book Rubai'yat of Josh Malihabadi -A Drop and the Ocean: Flowing joy of song and music, times ravage. The impowerished desire to see in misty haze. How to tell my weakening vision? What a profound calamity is old age. Thanks for reading my poem The Wink of Eyes. Your one word comment is taken as great tribute. Good wishes. - Mohammad

  1. Date: 10/30/2008 7:33:00 AM

    Wow! Powerful write, my friend, and so very truthful. The elderly are not dumb, they have just grown older. Goodness knows, I have learned a thing or two from them. Their wisdom is much greater than ours. Great write, Lisa. Although the content is serious, you did a wonderful job of making it funny. Your friend, Christie

  1. Date: 10/30/2008 7:30:00 AM

    This is such an accurate write, and I love the way you set the scene. My mother, whose mind is amazing and whose memory is way better than mine, is starting to experience much of the indignity that can accompany old age - so sad and ironic that she treated my father in the way that you describe in his final years. Love, Nigel

  1. Date: 10/30/2008 7:19:00 AM

    Very strong write. I was lost in this one from the first line. Growing old and being misunderstood, these are things that sometimes surface in my mind. Great write.