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My Thoughts on Aging

Just yesterday morning while shaving my face,
I looked in the mirror in total dismay;
my once youthful looks somehow time did erase,
and there stood a stranger with age on display.

My once raven hair has now turned a dull white,
and under my eyes there are bags that outrage;
my chicken skin neck is now looking affright;
I hate to admit it, I’m showing my age.

Not sure when it happened but gives me a pause;
the aging in life is still nature’s decree.
But better the aging and live with the cause,
than pushing up daisies beneath an oak tree. 



August 2, 2018
Contest: A Rattling Rhyme
Sponsor: Nina Parmenter

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Date: 8/31/2018 12:49:00 PM
I enjoyed your entry John. There are many who can relate to this poem. Very well written and deserving of your high placement! : )
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/31/2018 3:01:00 PM
Thank you so much, Connie, aging is inevitable so we may as well make light of it. John
Date: 8/30/2018 7:28:00 PM
Great rhythm and flow to this poem, John, and I can relate to the subject. Congratulations on your win!
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/30/2018 7:56:00 PM
Thank you, Carol, I appreciate it. John
Date: 8/30/2018 1:42:00 PM
Congratulations on your win. Enjoyed this excellent poem.
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/30/2018 2:03:00 PM
Thank you so much, Susan, I appreciate it. John
Date: 8/29/2018 6:40:00 AM
How true, John, we all fall to bits eventually, but I look down at the ground each day and, if I'm above it, it s going to be another good one. great write, congrats. Regards, Viv
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/29/2018 7:08:00 AM
Thanks, Viv, I appreciate it, and a great comment too! John
Date: 8/28/2018 7:10:00 PM
I'm back to say CONGRATULATIONS on your well-deserved win! Janice
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/29/2018 4:16:00 AM
Thank you, Janice, I appreciate it. John
Date: 8/28/2018 5:29:00 PM
Way to turn things around at the end there, old man... Not so funny when you see it or realize it, is it? I remember when it happened to me. I went through Elizabeth Kubler Ross' five stages you go through when you learn that you're going to die... Getting to acceptance, the fifth stage, as your poem rightfully does, is a true blessing...Congrats on your win and thanks for the food for thought!! Best wishes, Gershon
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/29/2018 4:11:00 AM
Thanks, Gershon, aging is inevitable so we may as well have a sense of humor about it. John
Date: 8/28/2018 3:58:00 PM
Perfectly formed rhyme John! I do particularly love the touching and thought-provoking ending. Congratulations on your third place in my contest :-)
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/28/2018 4:09:00 PM
Thank you, Nina, I appreciate it and thanks for hosting the contest. John
Date: 8/27/2018 7:37:00 PM
Right! We shouldn’t complain!
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/27/2018 7:49:00 PM
That’s right we should be thankful for what we have. Thank you, Kim. John
Date: 8/26/2018 5:35:00 AM
This is a universal theme to all over a certain age. The answer is to never look in the mirror! Cute but serious, exaggerated but true, sad news but good news - hey, either way it's aging blues as cleverly presented by you. Best of luck in the contest and all else. Poetry hugs ... CayCay
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CayCay Jennings
Date: 8/26/2018 9:42:00 AM
Good to know because I think you've got a handsome face and, yes, you are blessed with a beautiful head of hair! We are not our looks, right? We aren't even our bodies - we are that little presence in our chest that never ages. Hugs ... CayCay
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/26/2018 5:51:00 AM
Thank you, CayCay, truth is I don’t think much about my age and it really doesn’t bother me to look in the mirror. Hey, I still have a full head of hair and not many guys my age can say that. If I wanted to get rid of the grey I could but I think it makes me look wise and dignified whether I am or not. All the best dear friend. John
Date: 8/12/2018 5:29:00 PM
Well since the only way to stop getting older is to start pushing up daisies, I'll just keep getting older! A great fun read, good luck in the contest-
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/12/2018 7:03:00 PM
Thanks, Michelle, I’m glad you enjoyed my humor. John
Date: 8/6/2018 1:11:00 PM
That's right, John. We don't like the only alternative to aging! Good one. Janice
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/6/2018 3:04:00 PM
Thank you, Janice, I appreciate your comments. John
Date: 8/6/2018 7:46:00 AM
Inevitable however. Nicely penned, John. Best wishes for the contest. T.J
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/6/2018 7:50:00 AM
Thanks, T.J.
Date: 8/4/2018 12:45:00 PM
This is a tongue-in-cheek approach to aging and the resulting side effects. Emile.
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/4/2018 1:47:00 PM
Thanks, Emile, it's something we all face so we may as well have a sense of humor about it. I appreciate your visit. John
Date: 8/3/2018 12:30:00 PM
While the ending is humorous, many of us can relate to the first time they noticed "age" in the mirror. It's brings about a realization that all life is finite and each day we take steps closer to the end. Beautiful writing, John! Hugs, Carolyn
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/3/2018 9:22:00 PM
Thank you, Carolyn, it’s a sobering experience when we notice. I appreciate your support. John
Date: 8/2/2018 6:32:00 PM
Just remember John, beauty is in the eye of the beholder lol...vanity never goes away...great write...love & light...^WW^
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/2/2018 9:05:00 PM
Thanks for your comments, WW, I appreciate it. John
Date: 8/2/2018 4:29:00 PM
very nicely done.Love your ending. So so true!!!
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/2/2018 5:36:00 PM
Thank you, Andrea, so very true, I sometimes complain about having to get up in the morning when I should be giving thanks that I'm still able to get up in the morning. All the best. John
Date: 8/2/2018 4:17:00 PM
well said, john! great ending, too...
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/2/2018 5:12:00 PM
Thank you so much, Ilene, I appreciate it. John
Date: 8/2/2018 2:25:00 PM
Age is only a number. Remember?! :) Your thoughts bring a smile. We are only as old as we feel, and I know sometimes we feel our age. Yet, love the living as long as you are here. :) Brandy
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/2/2018 3:16:00 PM
Thank you, Brandy, right now I am feeling pretty damn old...work is a bit overwhelming and the stress level is high. But reading your poetry always makes me feel young my friend ;) John
Date: 8/2/2018 12:03:00 PM
the, mirror...the, mirror... lol
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/2/2018 4:54:00 PM
Yes, the frightful mirror, I must start shaving in the dark. Thanks for reading, SB. John
Date: 8/2/2018 9:23:00 AM
The march of time sure catches up with us John, funny though your mind stays a teenager lol. Tom Good luck.
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/2/2018 3:43:00 PM
Thanks, Tom, I appreciate comments. John
Date: 8/2/2018 7:33:00 AM
Sure made me smile John, we are both writing about aging but such different poems lol:-) hugs Jan xx
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John Gondolf
Date: 8/2/2018 3:19:00 PM
Thank you, Jan, I agree they are quite different; Yours is much more humorous, I think it will do well. John