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Growing old

Once it was a breeze to run and catch a blooming bus
It was the normal thing to do, didn't cause me any fuss
I could walk, and walk could I, until the end of day
But now the little shop close by, is much too far away

I would always love to swim even in the vastest pool
But now I have to paddle, I cannot swim at all
I'd always drop onto my knees, and spring right up again
But me I can't do this no more, it gives me too much pain

I would travel around for miles just to see something
But now too many aches and pains to me such travel brings
Just relaxing in the chair these days is all I want to do
And driving car at night times, this gives me trouble too

Life is getting faster now, I'm in my latter years
Some things I really have to do, they bring me close to tears
I guess I'm  getting too old now, that's just the way it goes
I really can't do much at all, because I'm too damn slow

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  1. Date: 8/31/2015 9:16:00 AM

    Many of us would be nodding their head in agreement with what you write, Vera! But at least we admit that aging does leave its effects on us; can't run away from reality of life! May we enjoy each day at a time:) Wishing you all the very best! // paul
  1. Date: 8/21/2015 6:32:00 PM

    We ride that same wagon my friend. Youth has flow away, leaving us in the dust behind. Yet all is as it should be for a doorway awaits us that has great promise! Love this smooth and uplifting poem my friend. By the way, I just posted my tribute write to Peter's poem- The Last Journey.. Was a very hard task to measure up, hope I came close.
  1. Date: 8/18/2015 8:44:00 PM

    I'm in the same boat, Vera. I know it gets frustrating. Growing old sucks! You did a good job showing that in your poem! Love, Kim