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I've grown a bit slower, I've grown a bit fatter, my mission each hour: relieving my bladder. When I was a youngster, I had no idea old coots who eat fruits will just get diarrhea. My eyesight is going - my glasses need glasses, and don't get me started on myriad gases: that flatus I thought should have stayed deep inside escaped from its chamber, despite how I tried. My hearing was great once, now I spend big money on aids, just to know why those jokes are so funny. I never had allergies back in the day - I sneeze now from looking at pictures of hay. My barber once covered his floor with brown hair - that floor now looks gray (and there's not a lot there). I thought in retirement I'd be a blob - I'm busier now than when I had a job: My schedule with doctor's appointments I fill, the outcome of each is, "here, take this new pill". Perhaps I once asked what that pain in my joint meant, so now my skin's greasy from medical ointment. Once, fully formed sentences from me were heard, I pause quite a bit now to find the right........ word. Back then, my vocab was a source of great pride, now new words or phrases I just cast aside. I need a warm blanket, my toes all feel frosted, but walking to get one just leaves me exhausted. Some good comes from fires becoming an ember - I'd say it here (if I could only remember…) written Dec 31, 2021 "Happy Old Year" everyone!

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Date: 1/28/2022 9:47:00 AM
Rhyme, wit, and humor combined in a well thought through written poem; thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Wonderful verse.
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Date: 4/3/2022 11:50:00 PM
Dennis, I greatly appreciate your time, encouragement, and poetry friendship. Glad you stopped by ~ John
Date: 1/27/2022 10:08:00 AM
John, I wish I didn't appreciate this gem as much as I do. I'm fighting it kicking and screaming, but it's no good ... I'm right there with you. OK now, my hour is up and gotta go relieve my bladder ... :) Eric
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Date: 1/27/2022 6:09:00 PM
LOL, thanks for the great comment, Eric. Just so you know, the picture is not of me, haha. It's my youngest son.
Date: 1/25/2022 4:01:00 PM
Congratulations John, belated..on POTD..sorry I missed. This is the reality we all are going through, but I am sure, you are having a great retirement with delightful activities, like your poems - they are brighter than ever! I am jealous and wish I had your grasp of vocabulary! Love and best wishes, Dear Friend ~ Mala
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Date: 1/27/2022 6:08:00 PM
Thank you, dear friend. You have been so supportive ever since we met. I'm always so encouraged by your supportive words and inspired by your poetry. God bless you ~ John
Date: 1/11/2022 7:18:00 PM
I have a great line that will compliment fine but my urge to go piddle is greater, so off to the head for a diddle instead and... I hope I'll remember it later. I'll get back to you if I do.
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Date: 1/12/2022 9:56:00 AM
Mark, I think you said more in 6 lines than I did in 28, lol... thank you for stopping by and bringing a smile ~ John
Date: 1/8/2022 3:18:00 PM
lol John I think you have been spying on the Allison household lol, thanks for the big smiles:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 1/12/2022 9:55:00 AM
lol, I guess the Watt household and the Allison household are similar in their sights, sounds, and smells... thanks for the fun comment! Hugs ~ John
Date: 1/5/2022 9:41:00 AM
I respect anyone that acknowledges they age, we don't have to give our age for we look our age, but some think they are seventy going on fifty and others realistically feel they are sixty going on seventy. Aging means we need holidays that aren't too busy, for they make us dizzy, so we went away to relax, missed your POTD, gosh, must be a memory lapse! Hugs and blessings dear friend, CONGRATULATIONS! Jennifer.
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Date: 1/12/2022 9:54:00 AM
Oh Jennifer, I so agree... acknowledging that the years are creeping up is an attractive quality in a person, imho. It's my reality, so I might as well find a laugh or two as I'm going through these annoying changes. Thanks for your poetic touches in your comment, always a joy to hear from you. Blessings and hugs ~ John
Date: 1/4/2022 4:32:00 PM
Oops! I wondered if this might get POTD… and then I go and miss it. Belated congrats none the less, John. Terry
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Date: 1/4/2022 4:50:00 PM
Thanks, you young whippersnapper! We fogies have to stick together, lol
Date: 1/4/2022 2:03:00 PM
This is absolutely brilliant, fantastic, and fun! My glasses need glasses (hilarious), John. Wishing you and yours a very Happy & Healthy New Year. PS: I was about to say this should be POTD but as read the comments I see that it was well desrved. Congratulations my friend! Charlie
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Date: 1/4/2022 4:05:00 PM
Charlie, since I am two days younger than you I suppose my appropriate nickname is 'whippersnapper' and yours is 'fogie', but the reality is we're both getting older and dealing with many of the same maladies... might as well laugh about it, right? Thanks for joining in the fun and for the friendly comment. Hope you thoroughly enjoyed your birthday last month. Take care ~ John
Date: 1/4/2022 1:51:00 AM
A delightful relatable poem so many may identify with. This past year I finally let my hair show its natural white state and I found out I enjoy it! This is a great choice for POTD my friend. Congratulations John! I loved it! New year blessings are being sent your way. Hugs, Connie xxoo
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Date: 1/4/2022 12:57:00 PM
Thank you dear friend for the new year blessings, the congrats, and the joy of knowing this made you smile. Happy to hear about the hair going 'au naturel', my hair is mostly gray now. My mother used to say, 'You've grown it - own it'. Happy New Year ~ John
Date: 1/2/2022 10:51:00 PM
Congratulations on your well-deserved POTD! Thank you for making my husband and I laugh out loud, we can truly relate, and yeah, getting old IS getting old! This is a FAV!
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Date: 1/4/2022 12:53:00 PM
Thank you for the fav and for letting me know your husband and you both enjoyed this, Betty Jo. Some readers may be older than I and some younger, but one thing is always true: each one of us is older than we were a year ago. Happy New Year, my friend ~ John
Date: 1/2/2022 7:15:00 PM
I can relate to so much (more than I'm willing to admit!) I think the one that made me smile the most (rather appropriately) is the 'money/funny' line - and if I could only remember the right 'cranberry' (I plug that in when I'm searching for the right word) - so happy new/old year, my friend! (also I think I recognize that title from somewhere, if I could only remember that!)
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Date: 1/3/2022 9:07:00 PM
'Cranberry' will be my new fill-in word (if I can remember it, that is!) Some of these ideas came from watching my Mom make it to the ripe old age of 97, and she had quite the sense of humor. Thank you very much for the visit, dear friend. Happy New Year ~ John
Date: 1/2/2022 6:05:00 PM
The title made me smile. "Getting Old (IS) Getting Old". So true. I like this statement, which a friend told my father: *Getting old isn't for Sissies*. Yikes ! Another true thought. I enjoyed the humor within, my dear sweet friend. It's best to laugh about getting old, rather than to complain. Even though, those aches and pains do cause you to say ouch ! Always stay young at heart. Thank you for being here, for being you. Congratulations John, on Poem of the Day. Happy New Year. My best to you. :) Hugs, Brandy
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Date: 1/3/2022 9:05:00 PM
Ah, so true, getting old isn't for Sissies! My mother lived to 97 and she was made of tough fiber. A survivor of the Great Depression, WWII, the Cold War, and many personal losses, but she bore her advancing years with grace, courage, and a smile, never a complaint. I appreciate you and your words of kindness. Happy New Year, Brandy. Hugs ~ John
Date: 1/2/2022 5:19:00 PM
This one is brilliant, John: Congratulatiions. on POTD You captured old age in…..what’s that thing they say…oh I know a nutshell. Excellent and a fave. Best SuZ
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Date: 1/3/2022 9:01:00 PM
SuZ, thank you very much for the kind visit and for joining in the fun. Loved your comment. Happy New Year ~ John
Date: 1/2/2022 5:00:00 PM
Lol love your witty potd. Congrats
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Date: 1/3/2022 9:01:00 PM
Thank you very much for the visit, Karen. Happy New Year ~ John
Date: 1/2/2022 1:00:00 PM
John, I love how you put humor in getting old, oh yes, it comes with all those aches and issues but I bet you also have wonderful days and congratulations on your POEM OF THE DAY honor ~ friendship and poetry _Constance
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Date: 1/3/2022 9:00:00 PM
Thank you, my lovely poetic friend and encourager. You're so right the aches and pains are accompanied by many, many joys and pleasures. I appreciate you and your ever uplifting words. Happy New Year ~ John
Date: 1/2/2022 11:41:00 AM
Clever and charming old age is alarming, nicely crafted "Happy Old Year"
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Date: 1/3/2022 8:59:00 PM
Thank you very much for the visit and the poetic comment, Robert. It's nice to meet you here at Soup. Happy New Year ~ John
Date: 1/2/2022 10:25:00 AM
- A great humorous poem :) - Congratulations on your p.o.t.d. :) - Happy New Year, John - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 1/3/2022 8:58:00 PM
Thank you very much for the visit, Anne-Lise. It is always lovely to see your sunshine smile and hear your kind words. Happy New Year ~ John
Date: 1/2/2022 9:15:00 AM
LOL…So true…don’t I know it! Congratulations on POTD!
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Date: 1/3/2022 8:57:00 PM
Thank you very much for the visit, Kim. I think a lot of us can relate. Happy New Year, my friend ~ John
Date: 1/2/2022 9:07:00 AM
A wonderful, funny write for the New Year! Unfortunately, aging brings all those unnecessary inconveniences :) Happy New Year (anyhow) :)
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Date: 1/3/2022 8:57:00 PM
Glad you stopped by to join in the fun, Ann. We don't have a lot of control over it, so we might as well laugh about it. Happy New Year ~ John
Date: 1/2/2022 8:30:00 AM
Congrats on POTD, John You cover the subject quite well and with great humor. Bill
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Date: 1/3/2022 8:55:00 PM
So kind of you to stop by and leave behind your words of encouragement, Bill. Happy new year ~ John
Date: 1/2/2022 8:30:00 AM
A masterfully written expose' of the rigors of aging. I shall save it as a check list as i march toward my 80's. I can still feed myself and tie my own shoes and my grand kids still think Papa is "silly" but not to be trifled with. congrats on POTD.
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Date: 1/3/2022 8:56:00 PM
My kids have always thought I was silly, probably because that's what my Dad Jokes are. Thanks for stopping by and joining in the fun, John. A very Happy New Year to you ~ John
Date: 1/2/2022 8:19:00 AM
Congratulations on POTD honors John. Very entertaining read and very well written. I can definitely relate, add in the loss of hearing and the loss of balance (having to hold on to something or lean against something to put your pants on) and I'm right there with you. Happy new Year:)
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Date: 1/3/2022 8:54:00 PM
Yes, the loss of balance is another thing, forgot to add that in there. Guess I'll have to revise it someday (if I live long enough). Thanks for joining in the fun, Daniel. Happy New Year ~ John
Date: 1/2/2022 6:59:00 AM
We grow a bit shorter, skin stinky with menthol and greasy from medical ointment. Funny write, I totally enjoyed it. Congratulations on POTD! Happy New Year my dear friend , stay warm with lots of hugs and love
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Date: 1/3/2022 8:53:00 PM
Very sweet words from a sweet friend. Glad you enjoyed, I appreciate the visit and the kind wishes. Happy New Year to you. Hugs and love ~ John
Date: 1/2/2022 6:50:00 AM
John, this is simply a classic. You have summed up all the blessings of age perfectly! A FAVE for me, and congrats on POTD. A Happy and less-painful 2022 for you! ~ Gershon
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Date: 1/3/2022 8:52:00 PM
Oh my, a fave from a Fave! You bless me with your kind affirmation, dear friend. I wish you the same for 2022 ~ Friend of Lobo
Date: 1/2/2022 6:43:00 AM
"my glasses need glasses", "I pause quite a bit now to find the right........ word" - Great details. In-depth poesy. Very realistic. Congratulations!
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Date: 1/3/2022 8:51:00 PM
Thank you very much for the visit, Christuraj. Appreciate knowing the parts that made you smile. Happy New Year ~ John
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