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Senior Moments

As the December portion of life's treacherous journey arrives,
We tend to contemplate things that have happened in our lives.
Strange that we can recall events that occurred fifty years ago,
But now can't remember what day it is, adding to our woe!

Writing notes to ourselves regarding things that must be done,
We forget where we put them, leaving many things undone.
Tying a string around the finger to remind us of our obligations,
We wonder what it's doing there, adding to our frustrations!

Where the car was left in the parking lot is anybody's guess;
To find it is akin to the Israelites wandering the wilderness.
We misplace the house and car keys, causing panic untold,
But that's just another cross we must bear for growing old!

Going to another room to do something, our steps we retrace,
Having forgotten what we went there for in the first place.
Running amok searching for lost glasses causes us much dread;
Usually they can be found perched upon the top of our head!

Those dreaded senior moments are part of growing old, I suppose,
But if I may, here is something that I would like to propose:
Well, I declare, I forgot what it was I was going to say;
Maybe I'll think of it later to suggest another day!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 6/9/2014 7:49:00 PM
    There is a lot here to think about. We have to face the fact that we all will be there one day unless we are a cross on Normandy or somewhere else already. This is the last in a long line of favorites but it is my favoritist one. Jim Horn

  1. Date: 5/3/2012 9:19:00 PM
    Awesome write....made me smile for we all go berserk trying to find those things we misplaced : )

  1. Date: 3/7/2012 4:11:00 PM
    I found it Robert and it was worth the search. I always say that the reason we forget is that we just have such a lot in there having lived so long. We just can't find it. Thanks for your comments on my poem and I am going to find time sometime to go back and read some more of your poetry. Right now I am getting ready to go in for Lenten Soup-supper. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 11/23/2011 4:07:00 PM
    Good one Sarge. At 82, when most old timers forget lots of things, I am the exception. My mind is sharp as a.......and I never talk to myself unless there is no one else around. So, Captain, I want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving and I sure did enjoy your poem. Congrats on the selection. Love.........Oh, damn!

  1. Date: 11/23/2011 10:06:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poem being featured this week Bob. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/21/2011 5:32:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week, Bob

  1. Date: 11/20/2011 8:36:00 PM
    Congrats Bob on featured poem on PS.. wonderful write to share luv... how about them Broncos?? congrats ...

  1. Date: 9/30/2010 9:25:00 AM
    Yup, been there, done that. Indeed, we are kindred spirits. Enjoyed this Bob, a lot like the one I just posted. Thanks for pointing me to this. I am empressed you remembered this, I had to go through 13 pages of poems to find it!!!! Joe

  1. Date: 8/22/2010 5:59:00 AM
    haha 'life is literature and reality dictates which can also be humorous as your poem so well shows. Congrats again Bob

  1. Date: 8/19/2010 9:56:00 PM
    Wow Robert, you are having a banner month in poetry and have taken so many first place wins. Congratulations on all of them. Blessings, Connie

  1. Date: 8/19/2010 9:14:00 AM
    You're on a hot streak Bob! This one reminds me of my mother. I wonder what she'll lose or forget today!

  1. Date: 8/14/2010 5:28:00 PM
    Congrats, Sarge. Another first place. Outstanding, my friend. Ralph

  1. Date: 8/12/2010 10:45:00 AM
    Congratulations Bob on your win in Paula Swanson's contest "How Do I Answer That Question ". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/12/2010 12:48:00 AM
    Very cute poem Bob! I can certainly relate as I spend twenty minutes everyday looking for things that I just had fifteen minutes ago! Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 11:33:00 PM
    From one senior to another..well done! Congrats ..a 1st place! See, us old folks still "got it !" BG

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 10:40:00 PM
    Congratulations on your forst win, Robert. What you state in your poem is nothing but the truth about growing old. There's no shame in admitting it, because we all grow old one day. I wish success in your future writing endeavors. Kindest Regards, Andrew.

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 10:24:00 PM
    Great win Robert and a great poem and so true. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 9:19:00 PM
    If only we could misplace our age. Loved your poem and congratulations. Thanks for sharing it.

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 9:02:00 PM
    Oh! this so brilliant Robert, i'm too somewhere in late october, or is it november? going to my favourites is this, if i can remember that is. Harry

  1. Date: 8/11/2010 8:44:00 PM
    Excellent poem, and boy oh boy....I see myself in many of these lines!! :) Well done! Congratulations!

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