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Don't Throw Me Away

You look at me so uninviting; I may have some missing teeth, stumble when I walk, bout' to FALL!!! Stutter when I talk, but yet I'll still call; Might smell like ole mothballs or mint or maybe even Old Spice; You see me and you stare, you're looking at the patches of my skin YES! it's different (maybe diseased ) different; different colors and wrinkled on my face, the gray in my hair; Yes you still stand there and stare. . . I may talk bout RCA, Philco record players you say "what's that; I might talk bout Annie Oakley, BoZo the Clown, Captain Midnight, you say Whose that; Well child let me tell you all... Don't throw me away; Cause I'm just like you; Don't put me out cause I'm too slow; You think I'm in the way and I can no longer grow; Don't throw me away, place me in a rest/nursing home; Don't put me away because you think I'm in the way; I', senior don't talk bout me in front of me I don't understand a word you say; I'm alive, I have more brain cells and I got all my memory, well; That's more than I can, say for you huh-hey! Imagine if I'd treated you such; But I wouldn't cause I've got God's love in me so much. . . Love you see ::::::::::::::::::::::::what?:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: So I just suck it up turn the other cheek; I may tumble but I won't fall; I may forget something's but not all; And yes I still eat meat; Cause I got all my teeth; Remember your just trying to get where I am at now; I'm a senior don't throw me away; I'm telling you I'm history and I'm a part of God's glory wanna hear, come here; Come here and sit down, I sit in a chair can hardly rise or go anywhere; You see me and you stare I drive slow you begin to cuss and swear; I won't do you ill; I won't act like you will; I'll take you today...... But I won't, I will NOT THROW YOU AWAY
Dedicated to all Gods people's 60 years of age to 100 years Thank you for your wisdom, thank you for your life. . . Written by James Edward Lee Sr. July 6 2015© For the book Poetry to Bridge Generations University Of Nebraska at Omaha 2015©

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Date: 6/6/2019 2:12:00 PM
I work with the elderly often, and we are all on that road. Ty for your poem. It was ... profoundly inspiring.
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James Edward Lee Sr.
Date: 6/6/2019 8:18:00 PM
Thanks!! Ann for the read and's only right to embrace the light, the elderly are (as well as little children) are are light..America's one of the few nations that literally throws our elders away..We have no time, space nor love for them.. James
Date: 12/7/2018 4:08:00 AM
OMG!!! I love this poem!!! WOW. I fav. thi s poem and you as a poet...and I have not even finished reading it. let me finish
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James Edward Lee Sr.
Date: 6/6/2019 8:16:00 PM
Thank you Christy, for your kind words appreciate the read... Write on James
Date: 2/1/2018 9:24:00 AM
As we age we develope a cloak of invisibility. Sadly today’s society is so busy celebrating youth that they fails to mine the silver that could enrich their lives.
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Date: 7/8/2017 1:55:00 PM
Ah James you moved me here. I too share your passion and sentiments and wrote a poem along the same lines as well. Our plea should collectively sent to all our family that treat us with disdain.they forget about the elderly. Its so wrong. Love brother
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Date: 7/3/2017 4:35:00 PM
From the train throw me a kiss, Sent from someone I may miss; Each day I do grow older and older; Did because God told him and her. Was 76 on June 26th, 2017.
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Date: 6/18/2017 6:18:00 PM
Very thoughtful, James!
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Date: 6/18/2017 4:51:00 PM
Excellent poem. Thank you for sharing this. I would like to save it in my favorites. This is very moving and so nice. :)
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