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Golden Years

Our so called golden years are called golden, can anyone tell me why
They are anything but 'golden', the reality makes me want to cry

Welcome to glasses, grey or white hair and false teeth....oh my
Wrinkles galore, age spots and skin that is extremely dry

Rounded back and shoulders, unable to stand up tall
Hip protectors may be needed in case you slip and fall

Legs may buckle at any moment, a walker you may have to choose
For you don't want to end up on the floor with a ugly break or bruise

Bladder might betray you, a sneeze or cough may cause you to leak
Incontinent products you'll have to use, the prospect can be bleak

People think your ignoring them for your oblivious when they speak
Put in your new hearing aid and change the batteries every week

Your extremely forgetful, objects seem to disappear on their own
Forgetting your best friends name makes you want to groan

Long term friends are passing away, funerals become a social event
Wearing black way too often, leaves you with feelings of discontent

Even though you can conclude it's your body that has mostly betrayed
What is truly golden is the countless priceless memories you have made


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  1. Date: 5/27/2015 2:50:00 PM

    Great descriptive write tinged with humour - true but sad words indeed - I wrote a poem last year on a similar subject:-( Hugs Jan xx 7 xx
  1. Date: 5/27/2015 1:25:00 PM

    Hey sweetie!!! TRUE TRUE TRUE! It's so sad....the aging process. I thought I'd age with grace but I'm becoming unnerved by the prospect of it all. That last line should carry me through all the other things you mentioned. :) I haven't visited for a while. Forgive me. Hope all is well. Hugs