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Plight of the Elderly

Suppose all around you suddenly vanished, And you realized you were standing alone In the twilight of your years feeling banished Like a pilot-less, rudder-less, helpless drone. You knew your life was mystifyingly dreamed With many questions and answers few, You know everything was not as it seemed And you scarcely know exactly what to do. The lot of many elderly in our nursing homes Removed from the familiar, in a strange place Victims of memory loss and various syndromes Suddenly feeling like they are in outer space. Many spend their last days lonely and sad Feeling unwanted and deserted, I am told, And some of these places are horribly bad It makes me fight to keep from getting old! Appeared in "It's Still Poetry" Poetry Soup Anthology - 2021

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Date: 2/3/2022 2:16:00 PM
I just read this in "It's Still Poetry". Wonderful, insightful and so terribly true. I sometimes feel that in the forest of life, I'm surrounded by clear cutting and there's not many old oaks standing. This is one of my favorites, Well done, Milton.
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Date: 2/3/2022 3:57:00 PM
Thank you so much, Richard. I'm so happy you purchased and are reading the anthology. It's a good, albeit rather large, volume of poetry!
Date: 9/20/2021 11:08:00 AM
This is what keeps me on my toes "Victims of memory loss and various syndromes Suddenly feeling like they are in outer space." Perfecto!
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Date: 9/20/2021 1:34:00 PM
Thanks, Caren. We all need to be watchful, especially those of us in the later years.
Date: 9/19/2021 12:56:00 PM
It's been proven that the elderly thrive when they can remain in their own homes. The costs: financially and emotionally are horrific. We should go back to the days of extended families living together with separate quarters if they are at all compatible.
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Date: 9/19/2021 2:11:00 PM
Oh, I agree with you wholeheartedly, Nancy. I've heard the average person lives only about two years after they go into a nursing home. So, if that's the case, it's sort of like a death sentence.
Date: 9/19/2021 2:11:00 AM
Yeah, those old age homes are truly lonely places to be...thought-provoking write, Milton:)
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/19/2021 8:34:00 AM
Thank you, Jo. I appreciated your read and your comment.
Date: 9/17/2021 4:06:00 AM
You have reminded me how lucky I am at this point in my life, thank you Milton...Delice
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/17/2021 8:05:00 AM
I do feel lucky, too, Delice. I'm 80 years old (in December) and I'm still able to live in my own home and take care of myself.
Date: 9/16/2021 9:56:00 PM
Hello Milton ... a truer poem for the elderly in-firmed I have never read. It's a job of looking after them only few can truly do - thank you Milton - Lindsay
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/17/2021 8:07:00 AM
Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful remark, Lindsay. I really appreciated it.
Date: 9/16/2021 6:29:00 PM
Good health is of the utmost importance in both the body and the mind. Milton, losing one's mind is heartbreaking, and it's agonizing to see a person once a party's heart and soul sitting there completely still.
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Date: 9/16/2021 7:03:00 PM
Yes, it is agonizing and heartbreaking, Lasaad. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments.
Date: 9/16/2021 4:13:00 PM
You’ve described this situation so well, Milton, and in magnificent rhyme! It is such a sad situation - I sincerely hope I move on to the great beyond before that ever happens to me…
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/16/2021 4:45:00 PM
Ilene, I suspect that most of elderly folks do. It is a "sad situation" as you point out.
Date: 9/16/2021 10:26:00 AM
So sad Milton, losing one's mind doesn't bear thinking about, tragic to see folk who were once the life and soul of a party just sitting there staring into space. Good health is everything in body and mind. Tom
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Date: 9/16/2021 10:27:00 AM
Yes, indeed, Tom. Thanks so much for your thoughts on this poem. I really appreciated them.