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Poems about Growing Old

Charley Noble 02 Jan 10 - 01:15 PM
autoharper 02 Jan 10 - 01:26 PM
Jim Carroll 02 Jan 10 - 01:26 PM
VirginiaTam 02 Jan 10 - 01:45 PM
Bill D 02 Jan 10 - 01:46 PM
stallion 02 Jan 10 - 02:16 PM
MGM·Lion 02 Jan 10 - 03:08 PM
MGM·Lion 02 Jan 10 - 03:14 PM
Bill D 02 Jan 10 - 03:26 PM
MGM·Lion 02 Jan 10 - 03:28 PM
GUEST,Paul Burke 02 Jan 10 - 04:21 PM
Micca 02 Jan 10 - 04:26 PM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 02 Jan 10 - 05:07 PM
Leadfingers 02 Jan 10 - 05:31 PM
Joe_F 02 Jan 10 - 05:55 PM
katlaughing 02 Jan 10 - 06:07 PM
Charley Noble 02 Jan 10 - 06:38 PM
open mike 03 Jan 10 - 12:45 AM
MGM·Lion 03 Jan 10 - 01:29 AM
beeliner 03 Jan 10 - 09:38 AM
Suegorgeous 03 Jan 10 - 10:13 AM
Marje 03 Jan 10 - 10:30 AM
akenaton 03 Jan 10 - 11:14 AM
Dave Roberts 03 Jan 10 - 12:04 PM
MGM·Lion 03 Jan 10 - 01:44 PM
open mike 03 Jan 10 - 01:55 PM
Bonnie Shaljean 03 Jan 10 - 02:08 PM
Dave Roberts 03 Jan 10 - 02:30 PM
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Young Buchan 03 Jan 10 - 04:57 PM
Joe_F 03 Jan 10 - 06:14 PM
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Charley Noble 04 Jan 10 - 09:07 AM
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Subject: Poems about Growing Old
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 01:15 PM

Toward the end of 2009 my mother found herself in a reflective mood one morning:

By Dahlov Ipcar, 12/31/2009

Morning - 2009

It is morning
And I'm in my ninety-third year;
The cat is waiting for her milk.

I put the kettle on to boil
And I feed the cat,
And I say to myself,
"How will I do all this when I get old?"

Other contributions welcome!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble in his 67th year


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: autoharper
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 01:26 PM

Thanks for posting this lovely verse, Charley. It's just beautiful!

-Adam Miller


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 01:26 PM

One to show that there's hope for us all Charlie,
Jimn Carroll

John Anderson

John Anderson, my jo, John,
I wonder what ye mean,
To lie sae lang i' the mornin',
And sit sae late at e'en?
Ye'll bleer a' your een, John,
And why do ye so?
Come sooner to your bed at een,
John Anderson, my jo.

John Anderson, my jo, John,
When first that ye began,
Ye had as good a tail-tree,
As ony ither man;
But now its waxen wan, John,
And wrinkles to and fro,
I've twa gae-ups for ae gae-down,
John Anderson, my jo.

I'm backit like a salmon,
I'm breastit like a swan;
My wame it is a down-cod,
My middle ye may span:;
Frae my tap-knot to my tae, John,
I'm like the new-fa'n snow;
And it's a' for your convenience,
John Anderson, my jo.

O it is a fine thing
To keep out o'er the dyke,
But its a meikle finer thing,
To see your hurdies fyke;
To see your hurdies fyke, John,
And hit the rising blow;
It's then I like your chanter-pipe,
John Anderson, my jo.

When ye come on before, John,
See that ye do your best;
When ye begin to haud me,
See that ye grip me fast;
See that ye grip me fast, John,
Until that I cry "Oh!"
Your back shall crack or I do that,
John Anderson, my jo.

John Anderson, my jo, John,
Ye're welcome when ye please;
It's either in the warm bed
Or else aboon the claes:
Or ye shall hae the horns, John,
Upon your head to grow;
An' that's the cuckold's mallison,
John Anderson, my jo.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 01:45 PM

WHITE HAIR SAFARI
Written by me 2008 (I forget the actual date)

Women of a certain age
Will know whereof I speak
When our vision starts to dim
And our joints begin to creak

With arms not quite long enough
To see words upon a page
I still have the eyes and the reach
To strike down a wiry savage

Oh I do the white hair safari
I hunt both day and night
Armed only with the tweezers
With mirror and strong light

I put off the ordinary tasks
My fingers not so nimble
I claim I cannot see to sew
Or that I've lost my thimble

Those special meals I used to make
Take more strength than I've got
My poor family comes home again
Another takeaway and empty pot

But I do the white hair safari
I hunt both day and night
Armed only with the tweezers
With mirror and strong light

In the utility room is a basket
Near splitting at the sides
A month or more of ironing
Neglected, there resides

My arms hurt too much I say
I cannot stand the heat
But fry my brains 'neath hundred watt
Searching for the wiry beast

Yes I did the white hair safari
Hunted both day and night
Armed only with the tweezers
With mirror and strong light

Until finally all the maladies
That helped me put off work
Catch me out then catch me up
Make me look the jerk

Now I've reached another phase
And suddenly do not care
To comb and search and suffer
To find the rare white hair

Less uncommon are they now
And not so hard to find
I've learned to let the creatures be
It's those dark hairs now I mind

To go on the dark hair safari
Bothered, I just can't be
I've lost the tweezers, the mirror's cracked
Besides I cannot see

Oh never did the wild white hair
A woman's beauty mar
Her care for others and inner self
Is where they see a star


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Bill D
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 01:46 PM

synopsis of actuality:

"You are old, Father William" his friends did remark,
"And doing quite well, in the main.
But we still remember when you stood on your head-
Why don't you do it again?"

"In my youth, it was easy", the old man replied,
"But my CAT scan was an interesting sight"
The doc said:," Your vertebrae's seen better days,
"And I recommend staying upright!"

(I used to celebrate birthdays by standing on my head...until 55 or so)


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: stallion
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 02:16 PM

Charley she is a wonderful woman and I am really glad you took us to meet her


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 03:08 PM

Winner of 2nd prize (£300) in competition

Sing a song at sixty

It is too late alas to learn a musical instrument,
To become a downhill racer on skis or compete at Wimbledon;
I shall never be able to read Dostoievsky in the original.
I have not won any cups for achievement,
And so many things I dreamed of will never happen:
I shall never achieve my own chat show on television,
Or dissolve gracefully into artful tears, clutching my Oscar.

I must reconcile myself to clothing which is
Comfortable rather than glamorous,
And acknowledge that hair-dye after sixty is usually a mistake.
I refuse to lament the loss of my beauty and my slender waist,
Instead I will be grateful that I retain my teeth,
More metal than ivory, it must be frankly admitted,
Propped, pinned, posted and padded with plastic,
But I can still eat with them.

I will be glad that that I was not born in the Dark Ages
Before the invention of spectacles. I will not agonize
Over tests I have failed, but will concentrate on remembering
The ones I have passed, and the people who have loved me.

It is futile to lie awake brooding over old animosities.
It is time to forgive one's parents, and to contemplate the young
Not with envy but with tender concern and generosity,
Betraying no awareness of how vulnerable they are.

Valerie Grosvenor Myer 1935-2007


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 03:14 PM

NOCTURNE

A phalanx of old ladies
Each wheelchair like a throne
Sit doped and dozy in the Kozy
Kare Retirement home.
Our hair's time-bleached to monochrome,
Our teeth are not our own;

Since it's got so hard to chew,
We live on tablets, mince and stew.

Precarious, this refuge
(Eight hundred pounds a week)
Meant selling off the bungalow
In Frinton, not Mustique:
We're better placed than plenty,
But the present's pretty bleak.

We're stuck with nothing much to do;
Our visitors are none or few.

Time was we went to dances,
Our hair in lacquered curls;
In sugar-stiffened petticoats,
We executed twirls.
Oh, how we used to jitterbug,
When we were pretty girls!


        Valerie Grosvenor Myer
                  1935-2007


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Bill D
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 03:26 PM

wonderful, Michael... I would like to have known her.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 03:28 PM

Thank you, Bill. That means a great deal to me.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: GUEST,Paul Burke
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 04:21 PM

Leon Rosselson's "Do You Remember"...

Rings on my fingers and chains in my bed
And a coffin to keep me secure when I'm dead,
A cage for the children, a uniform too
And a No Exit sign on the door we came through..

But on a more positive note, anything from Christopher Matthews excellent Now We Are Sixty.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Micca
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 04:26 PM

Gold Leaves
a poem by G.K.Chesterton


Lo! I am come to autumn,
When all the leaves are gold;
Grey hairs and golden leaves cry out
The year and I are old.

In youth I sought the prince of men,
Captain in cosmic wars,
Our Titan, even the weeds would show
Defiant, to the stars.

But now a great thing in the street
Seems any human nod,
Where shift in strange democracy
The million masks of God.

In youth I sought the golden flower
Hidden in wood or wold,
But I am come to autumn,
When all the leaves are gold


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 05:07 PM

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Leadfingers
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 05:31 PM

My Old Mum , 94 0n Christmas Eve , always like this Jenny Joseph poem !

Warning

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Joe_F
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 05:55 PM

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim Soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.         -- Yeats


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 06:07 PM

MtheGM, thank you for posting those. I especially like the last two verses of Sing A Song At Sixty. Both poems are quite beautifully written.

I've always loved this one which I learned from a Jean Redpath CD after I wrote to her and received a gracious reply which told me which one it was on; the "saga" is chronicled in THIS THREAD:

"Retirement"
by Jean Mackie from "A Little Piece of Earth"
copyright 1983
printed by Rainbow Enterprises

I sit in long contentment in his house
Wrapped in fire heat and sun heat
The trees break the sun into long lines
Which cross the floor
To meet the steady warmth of the coals
I lie on the old sofa
A rug tucked around me by his gentle hands
Was never lover's bed so surely warm
I see him pass the window --bowed, slow, sure
Carrying plants, seeds, weeds
All these he can still attend
But when he comes into the kitchen
He puts his hand on my head and says
"The beasts are looking fine"
"Tomorrow" I say "Tomorrow I'll come look"
Though I know he sold them all
A dozen years ago.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 06:38 PM

What a splendid harvest!

And I will mention that folks here love her poem.

Leadfingers-

The post you made reminded me of one that Utah Philips used to recite:

By Malcolm Ross & Ralph Albertson, 1920's
Adapted by Utah Philips © 1979
Tune: The Son of a Gambolier

The Rebel Against Morality

C                               G                C
Now I have led a good life, full of peace and quiet
                                 G
But I shall have an old age, steeped in rum and riot;
F                               C
Yes, I have been a good lad, gentile and artistic;
                         G                C
I shall be a grandad, coarse and anar-chistic!


Once I paid me taxes and followed every rule,
Banker, boss, and bureaucrat found me a willing tool;
I voted Democratic and paid the church its due,
Now all them swine will have to find some other chump to screw!

Of interest, banks and credit, insurance, tax and rent,
Of doctors, lawyers, generals and clerics I repent;
With this* for corporations and scorn for those elected,
I shall be an old bum, loved but unrespected!


* With a finger gesture!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: open mike
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 12:45 AM

Leadfingers...that is the poem i would post. thanks for getting it posted before I got here..and happy birthday to your beautiful Mom!

Here is a poem my great uncle used to recite...Get Up And Go
and it is sung here by a young Pete Seeger over 40 years ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3J0Q5SMTEM0


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 01:29 AM

Katlaughing - thank you so much for your kind words about my darling Valerie's poems; your appreciation means a great deal to me. - Michael


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: beeliner
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 09:38 AM

When I was young this was my cry,
"O Lord, why must I ever die?"

But now I'm old and sore oppressed.
My cry is, "Lord, oh give me rest!"


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 10:13 AM

Crone

In the safe lands of my youth and imagination
I, lush and fertile, bonded instinctively with the ripe soft hills, the thick green swathes, the corn-swollen fields
They and I, all blossoming on the brink of birth, secure in our sure immortality,
Dreamed as one.

Now, each summer, hills and fields and fruit swell and ripen and blossom anew,
While I - adrift in this slowly unravelling other world of shrinking wrinkling leaking creaking breaking aching -
Take the burning descent from bright motherhood
Into the dark grinning chasm of the crone,
And try on her bones.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Marje
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 10:30 AM

One of my favouriste quotations (not quite a poem but as good as) has been attributed to various people, icnluding Nadine Stair. There are longer versions but this one says it all for me:

"If I had my life over again, I'd like to make more mistakes next time. I'd relax. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I would have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I'm one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I've had my moments, and if I had to do it all again I'd have more of them. In fact, I'd have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day."

Or on a lighter note there's Pam Ayres' "Sexy at Sixty":
http://www.itsbullfrog.com/guests/ayres/sixty.htm

Marje


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: akenaton
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 11:14 AM

M the GM.....the two poems you posted are truly beautiful.

Your mother must have been an exceptional lady. I would love to hear more.....Ake

Just read another beauty from Sue above.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 12:04 PM

MtheGM,

Another quick note of appreciation for your mother's poems.

'Nocturne', in particular, reminds me of the work of the late Sir John Betjeman.

And poetry, in my book, doesn't get any better than that.

Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 01:44 PM

Ake & Dave = thank you ? but my mother was called Bertha Myer & died in 1967.

Valerie Grosvenor Myer [1935-2007], author of these poems, was, as I thought everyone would have realised, my WIFE of half-a-century who died 2 years ago.

I am 77. How on earth should I have had a mother born in 1935?

Michael


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: open mike
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 01:55 PM

hence, the head-standing....Father William by Lewis Carroll

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1B-YjgbHsM


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 02:08 PM

From Morituri Salutamus

Whatever poet, orator, or sage
May say of it, old age is still old age
It is the waning, not the crescent moon
The dusk of evening, not the blaze of noon
It is not strength, but weakness; not desire
But its surcease; not the fierce heat of fire
The burning and consuming element
But that of ashes and of embers spent
In which some living sparks we still discern
Enough to warm, but not enough to burn

What then? Shall we sit idly down and say
The night hath come; it is no longer day?
The night hath not yet come; we are not quite
Cut off from labour by the failing light
Something remains for us to do or dare
Even the oldest tree some fruit may bear
Not Oedipus Coloneus or Greek Ode
Or tales of pilgrims that one morning rode
Out of the gateway of the Tabard Inn,
But other something, would we but begin
For age is opportunity no less
Than youth itself, though in another dress
And as the evening twilight fades away
The sky is filled with stars invisible by day

             --- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 02:30 PM

Sorry,

I was taking my information from an earlier thread.

Your wife was a very talented poet, and I know you must be very proud of her.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 03:00 PM

Sorry again.

I meant an earlier posting to this thread.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 03:37 PM

Whatever Dave - not to worry: think you might have confused Charley's OP about his mother with my first post, perhaps? But certainly no offence. Glad you liked my Valerie's poems anyhow. Interested in your Betjeman comparison: I think that certainly an influence in Nocturne indeed, & I am sure Valerie would have agreed.

Best - Michael


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 03:53 PM

MtheGm

Great poems! she was a fine writer :)


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 03:54 PM

Thanks Akenaton :)


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Gurney
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 04:03 PM

I only have the title for mine, yet. 'Pills and Pillows.'

John Williamson does a lovely encouraging song 'Purple Roses.'
It's on his "The Way It Is' CD.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: akenaton
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 04:26 PM

Apologies Michael......how stupid of me!
Must have been captivated by the poems.

and sorry for throwing you Dave....... "I am just going outside.... and may be some time" :0(


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: akenaton
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 04:28 PM

Loved it "Gorgeous"


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 04:49 PM

Akenaton,

No problem.

It's very nice to come across people who appreciate fine poetry.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Young Buchan
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 04:57 PM

This is Alistair Claire's Old Man's Song. It doesn't seem to be on DT but I've pasted it over from an old thread on the car industry (Sorry Joe O. but I can't do clickies)


When I was young and married my wife
You couldn't get a job to save your life;
With my wife and son at either hand
For two long years I travelled the land:
And I reckon I've served my time.

My shoes were out. My coat was torn.
And then we had our daughter born.
But I found this job and I earned our bread,
Clothes for our back, a roof for our heads:
And I reckon I've served my time.

They were cut-throat years - you were fighting your mate
With another man waiting for your job at the gate.
If the foreman didn't like your face that day
You got no work,you got no pay:
And I reckon I've served my time.

Then we joined the Union and learned to strike.
It was six hard weeks but we won that fight.
Work to our hands and a worthwhile wage _
We were waking up a golden age:
And I reckon I've served my time.

But the young men now they dress so fine;
They don't know how we fought for this line.
They're getting too young to know my face;
And their work comes to me at the Devil's pace.
And I reckon I've served my time.


There is also Banks of the Dee. That IS in the DT but there are several. You want the one that starts 'Last Saturday night on the Banks of the Dee/I met an old man in distress I could see.'


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Joe_F
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 06:14 PM

CharleyNoble: The original, I presume, is The Good Boy, which also has its charms.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 11:11 PM

Suegorgeous, that is wonderful. I LOVE the way it reads so well out loud. That's always my test of my own writing...does it work well out loud...yours really scans well. Thanks.


Speaking of poetry lovers, some may enjoy Mudcat Poetry Corner.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 11:22 PM

Akenaton - Don't worry: see my reply to Dave above. Come back from the Arctic snows!

Suegorgeous - thank you; & on Valerie's behalf also.

Michael


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Charley Noble
Date: 04 Jan 10 - 09:07 AM

I can't resist posting one C. Fox Smith poem here about an old sailor reminiscing:

Poem by C. Fox Smith, FULL SAIL, pp. 108-110 © 1926

MARIQUITA

Old man Time, 'e's wrote his log up in the wrinkles on my brow,
And there ain't that much about me as a girl 'ud take to now;
For I've changed beyond all knowing from the chap I used to be,
When I can remember Mariquita, as was mighty fond o' me!

I can shut my eyes and see it just as plain as yesterday,
See the harbour and the mountains and the shipping in the bay,
And the town as looked like heaven to us shellbacks fresh from sea
And I can remember Mariquita, as thought a deal o' me!

I can hear the chiming mule-bells, and a stave o' Spanish song,
And the blessed old guitarros as kep' tinkling all night long;
Hear the dusty palm trees stirring, taste the vino flat and sour,
And I can remember Mariquita, and her white skirts like a flower.

But it's years now since I've seen her, if she's died I never knew,
Or got old and fat and ugly, same as Dagoes mostly do;
And it's maybe better that way, for there's nothing left but change,
And the ships I knew all going, and the ports I knew grown strange,
And the chaps I knew all altered, like the chap I used to be,
But I can remember Mariquita, and she's always young for me.

I've adapted this poem for singing, changing some words and adding a couple of lines; here's a link to how I sing it: Click here for lyrics and MP3!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Little Robyn
Date: 04 Jan 10 - 02:57 PM

Pete Seeger's Old Devil Time
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Suegorgeous
Date: 04 Jan 10 - 05:10 PM

Awwww thanks Kat... :) glad you liked it.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 04 Jan 10 - 05:12 PM

"When I'm 64"
"Silver Threads amongst the Gold"


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 04 Jan 10 - 05:37 PM

Charley,

That's a great poem (Mariquita).

And, without (I hope) starting to become tiresome, this one reminds me of Rudyard Kipling.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: henryclem
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 11:47 AM

You can hear my song "Toys in the Attic" on Myspace -
http://myspace.com/henryclements

Phil Hare did a beautiful version of this on his 2003 album "Broken Timing" which brings out the poetry far better than I manage!

So many fine contributions to this thread, though!

Henry


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 11:08 AM

The following, which I wrote after my first wife's suicide due to her increasing degeneration thru Parkinson's disease, being one of those situations to which old people are frequently subject, might perhaps fit into this thread which came back into my mind thru some train of thought:-

POST-PARKINSONIAN

Trying to keep going

In the teeth
0f the lethal
Mix of grief
And relief



Michael Grosvenor Myer

       15℔ May 2008


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 19 Mar 16 - 04:33 PM

... & just found this one on my computer -- I wrote it fairly recently but had forgotten all about it. Bit doggerel really; but seems to me quite a good question at that ?

Lines at fourscore'n'three

When am I
Going to die?
Who can know
When I'll go?


Michael Grosvenor Myer
    8 October 2015


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: kendall
Date: 20 Mar 16 - 04:12 PM

Here's one that crept up on me. It could be a song of course. Tune of Betsey from Pike.

USED UP OLD MAN There's no hope at all for a used up old man And the older I get the more used up I am But friends and relations all scoff when I say "It's too many birthdays that made me this way"

It all started back there when I lost my voice That was the end of my touring, of course Now I'm losing the hearing in my left ear And, finally, arthritis is too much to bear.

The first thing I lost was my ability to sing I got so depressed about this whole thing It was a rough fall and a hard row to hoe To end up sounding like an aging tame crow.

But the thing I miss most from my lost former glory Are the dearest of friends who carried my story Our good times together on this earth are done Their bodies now gone, but our souls ever one

But this story won't end on a note of sad loss You'll be tempted to think I've been hitting the sauce. Most parts are still working, I'm still of good cheer There'll be no complaining 'Cause hey, I'm still here!


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 20 Mar 16 - 04:35 PM

Simon and Garfunkle (1968)


"Bookends"

Time it was
And what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence
A time of confidences

Long ago it must be
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They're all that's left you.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

I find myself trapped in the corner, the corner I accused so many of taking...I am growing old.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Stewie
Date: 20 Mar 16 - 08:46 PM

I note that some songs have been included in this thread. Utah Phillips' 'All used up' is a good'un.

There is also this song which I found the Yetties Songbook edited by Tony Wales. Wales had this note: 'This beautiful song was written by Pete Mundey of The Broadside. One day he heard an old lady say "If my old man didn't wind up me clock at least once a week, I'd know there was summit wrong". He thought this was a great theme for a song so here it is, a gentle reminder that love needn't "grow old and wax cold" as the years roll on and take their toll of youth, beauty and marital bliss'.

Take Your Time
(Pete Mundey)

You first wound me clock up on our wedding day
You said t'would always be striking
Though the spring's getting weaker and feeble the tick
It's still very much to me liking.

Chorus:
So take your time, me lovely old lad,
There ain't no reason to hurry
For as long as you're able to wind up me clock
Then I have no need for to worry

I mind the times when we were young
You worked at the hedging and dyking
You'd go out at dawn and work through till the dusk
And come home for me clock to be striking

As time went by, our children grew up
Were soon taking wedding vows binding
And I told all me daughters the one thing I'd learned
Make sure your clocks often need winding

And now that we're nearing the end of our time
And you are so tired and grey, love
Oh it still pleases me when you wind up me clock
And it will to the end of my days, love

--Stewie


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Bert
Date: 20 Mar 16 - 10:56 PM

'Taint a poem but...




Your browser does not support the audio element. Your browser does not support the audio element.         


Mid Life Crisis


A D                                     A
I wanna have a mid life crisis
       D                      A
but if the truth be told
   D                                  A
I can't have a mid life crisis
                                  E7          A
'Cos My Wife says I'm too old

I wanna drive a bright red sports car
with a pretty young blond for a date
I wanna have a mid life crisis
but My Wife says I'm too late

She said you coulda had a crisis at Forty
or even at Fifty Five
If you'd wanted a mid life crisis
You should have done it while you're still alive


A               D                              A
I want a pick up truck with monster wheels
                D                               A
I want to be stacked up with sex appeal
I want tatoos on my arms and chest
A Harley and a black leather vest
I want to let my hair grow long
I want to get to Nashville with this song
I want a Cowboy hat and belt and boots
I want a hand tailored white silk suit

I wanna have a mid life crisis
but if the truth be told
I can't have a mid life crisis
'Cos My Wife says I'm too old

I wanna drive a bright red sports car
with a pretty young blond for a date
I wanna have a mid life crisis
but My Wife says I'm too late



http://bertsongs.com/grownups.html
Mid life Crisis.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 21 Mar 16 - 04:20 AM

Another good poem about growing old is Sydney Carter's "It isn't much fun for a mixed-up old man", sung to the 𝄞♫"Villikins/Sweet·Betsy"♩ tune.

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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: kendall
Date: 21 Mar 16 - 04:39 PM

MGM, wanna share that one? I sounds ike one that a friend of mine wrote about 50 years ago called "There's not fun at all for a mixed up old man


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 21 Mar 16 - 04:53 PM

It's a track on this record --

"Sydney Carter and Sheila Hancock - Putting Out The Dustbin"

which will be found online at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll0kGKBbp9o

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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 21 Mar 16 - 05:02 PM

... starts at 12.13.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 21 Mar 16 - 05:10 PM

Who was the friend, Kendall? -- Becoz it sounds suspiciously like the same song: Sydney's starts "There's no fun at all for a mixed-up old man"...


Songs of Sydney Carter: In the present tense, Book 2‎ #12
Text:        MIXED UP OLD MAN

12. MIXED UP OLD MAN
Text Information
First Line:         Oh there's no fun at all for a mixed-up old man
Title:         MIXED UP OLD MAN
Publication Date:         1969
Copyright:         © 1962 Sydney Bron Music Co. Reprinted with permission.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 21 Mar 16 - 06:25 PM

Having, this past week, demonstrated to an eight year old....a "three point head stand"...the poem, spoof "You Are Old Father William" surged through my brain.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

I am sure I will never do it again


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Ged Fox
Date: 22 Mar 16 - 05:39 AM

Robert W. Service.

"Sow your wild oats in your youth," so we're always told;
But I say with deeper sooth: "Sow them when you're old."
I'll be wise till I'm about seventy or so:
Then, by Gad! I'll blossom out as an ancient beau.

I'll assume a dashing air, laugh with loud Ha! ha! . . .
How my grandchildren will stare at their grandpapa!
Their perfection aureoled I will scandalize:
Won't I be a hoary old sinner in their eyes!

Watch me, how I'll learn to chaff barmaids in a bar;
Scotches daily, gaily quaff, puff a fierce cigar.
I will haunt the Tango teas, at the stage-door stand;
Wait for Dolly Dimpleknees, bouquet in my hand.

Then at seventy I'll take flutters at roulette;
While at eighty hope I'll make good at poker yet;
And in fashionable togs to the races go,
Gayest of the gay old dogs, ninety years or so.

"Sow your wild oats while you're young," that's what you are told;
Don't believe the foolish tongue - sow 'em when you're old.
Till you're threescore years and ten, take my humble tip,
Sow your nice tame oats and then . . . Hi, boys! Let 'er rip.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Sir Roger de Beverley
Date: 22 Mar 16 - 05:48 AM

Try this song by Pete Ivatts:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZHP6Yrjy7s

R


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 22 Mar 16 - 06:50 AM

The Old Man's Complaints. And how he gained them
BY ROBERT SOUTHEY

You are old, Father William, the young man cried,
    The few locks which are left you are grey;
You are hale, Father William, a hearty old man,
    Now tell me the reason I pray.

In the days of my youth, Father William replied,
    I remember'd that youth would fly fast,
And abused not my health and my vigour at first
    That I never might need them at last.

You are old, Father William, the young man cried,
    And pleasures with youth pass away,
And yet you lament not the days that are gone,
    Now tell me the reason I pray.

In the days of my youth, Father William replied,
    I remember'd that youth could not last;
I thought of the future whatever I did,
    That I never might grieve for the past.

You are old, Father William, the young man cried,
    And life must be hastening away;
You are chearful, and love to converse upon death!
    Now tell me the reason I pray.

I am chearful, young man, Father William replied,
    Let the cause thy attention engage;
In the days of my youth I remember'd my God!
    And He hath not forgotten my age. ?1843

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 22 Mar 16 - 07:00 AM

You are old, Father William

(1865)
By - Lewis Carroll


"You are old, Father William," the young man said,
"And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head ?
Do you think, at your age, it is right?"

"In my youth," Father William replied to his son,
"I feared it might injure the brain;
But, now that I'm perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again."

"You are old," said the youth, "as I mentioned before,
And have grown most uncommonly fat;
Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door ?
Pray, what is the reason of that?"

"In my youth," said the sage, as he shook his grey locks,
"I kept all my limbs very supple
By the use of this ointment ? one shilling the box ?
Allow me to sell you a couple?"

"You are old," said the youth, "and your jaws are too weak
For anything tougher than suet;
Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak ?
Pray, how did you manage to do it?"

"In my youth," said his father, "I took to the law,
And argued each case with my wife;
And the muscular strength, which it gave to my jaw,
Has lasted the rest of my life."

"You are old," said the youth, "one would hardly suppose
That your eye was as steady as ever;
Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose ?
What made you so awfully clever?"

"I have answered three questions, and that is enough,"
Said his father; "don't give yourself airs!
Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
Be off, or I'll kick you downstairs!"


Sincerely,
Gargoyle

The two poems were in John Ciardi' s delightful book, How Does A Poem Mean?"


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 22 Mar 16 - 07:24 AM

.
The Death of the Hired Man


BY- Robert Frost
1915


MARY sat musing on the lamp-flame at the table        
Waiting for Warren. When she heard his step,        
She ran on tip-toe down the darkened passage        
To meet him in the doorway with the news        
And put him on his guard. "Silas is back."              
She pushed him outward with her through the door        
And shut it after her. "Be kind," she said.        
She took the market things from Warren's arms        
And set them on the porch, then drew him down        
To sit beside her on the wooden steps.              

"When was I ever anything but kind to him?        
But I'll not have the fellow back," he said.        
"I told him so last haying, didn't I?        
'If he left then,' I said, 'that ended it.'        
What good is he? Who else will harbour him              
At his age for the little he can do?        
What help he is there's no depending on.        
Off he goes always when I need him most.        
'He thinks he ought to earn a little pay,        
Enough at least to buy tobacco with,              
So he won't have to beg and be beholden.'        
'All right,' I say, 'I can't afford to pay        
Any fixed wages, though I wish I could.'        
'Someone else can.' 'Then someone else will have to.'        
I shouldn't mind his bettering himself              
If that was what it was. You can be certain,        
When he begins like that, there's someone at him        
Trying to coax him off with pocket-money,?        
In haying time, when any help is scarce.        
In winter he comes back to us. I'm done."              

"Sh! not so loud: he'll hear you," Mary said.        

"I want him to: he'll have to soon or late."        

"He's worn out. He's asleep beside the stove.        
When I came up from Rowe's I found him here,        
Huddled against the barn-door fast asleep,              
A miserable sight, and frightening, too?        
You needn't smile?I didn't recognise him?        
I wasn't looking for him?and he's changed.        
Wait till you see."        

"Where did you say he'd been?"              

"He didn't say. I dragged him to the house,        
And gave him tea and tried to make him smoke.        
I tried to make him talk about his travels.        
Nothing would do: he just kept nodding off."        

"What did he say? Did he say anything?"              

"But little."        

"Anything? Mary, confess        
He said he'd come to ditch the meadow for me."        

"Warren!"        

"But did he? I just want to know."              

"Of course he did. What would you have him say?        
Surely you wouldn't grudge the poor old man        
Some humble way to save his self-respect.        
He added, if you really care to know,        
He meant to clear the upper pasture, too.              
That sounds like something you have heard before?        
Warren, I wish you could have heard the way        
He jumbled everything. I stopped to look        
Two or three times?he made me feel so queer?        
To see if he was talking in his sleep.              
He ran on Harold Wilson?you remember?        
The boy you had in haying four years since.        
He's finished school, and teaching in his college.        
Silas declares you'll have to get him back.        
He says they two will make a team for work:              
Between them they will lay this farm as smooth!        
The way he mixed that in with other things.        
He thinks young Wilson a likely lad, though daft        
On education?you know how they fought        
All through July under the blazing sun,              
Silas up on the cart to build the load,        
Harold along beside to pitch it on."        

"Yes, I took care to keep well out of earshot."        

"Well, those days trouble Silas like a dream.        
You wouldn't think they would. How some things linger!              
Harold's young college boy's assurance piqued him.        
After so many years he still keeps finding        
Good arguments he sees he might have used.        
I sympathise. I know just how it feels        
To think of the right thing to say too late.              
Harold's associated in his mind with Latin.        
He asked me what I thought of Harold's saying        
He studied Latin like the violin        
Because he liked it?that an argument!        
He said he couldn't make the boy believe              
He could find water with a hazel prong?        
Which showed how much good school had ever done him.        
He wanted to go over that. But most of all        
He thinks if he could have another chance        
To teach him how to build a load of hay??"              

"I know, that's Silas' one accomplishment.        
He bundles every forkful in its place,        
And tags and numbers it for future reference,        
So he can find and easily dislodge it        
In the unloading. Silas does that well.              
He takes it out in bunches like big birds' nests.        
You never see him standing on the hay        
He's trying to lift, straining to lift himself."        

"He thinks if he could teach him that, he'd be        
Some good perhaps to someone in the world.              
He hates to see a boy the fool of books.        
Poor Silas, so concerned for other folk,        
And nothing to look backward to with pride,        
And nothing to look forward to with hope,        
So now and never any different."              

Part of a moon was falling down the west,        
Dragging the whole sky with it to the hills.        
Its light poured softly in her lap. She saw        
And spread her apron to it. She put out her hand        
Among the harp-like morning-glory strings,              
Taut with the dew from garden bed to eaves,        
As if she played unheard the tenderness        
That wrought on him beside her in the night.        
"Warren," she said, "he has come home to die:        
You needn't be afraid he'll leave you this time."              

"Home," he mocked gently.        

"Yes, what else but home?        
It all depends on what you mean by home.        
Of course he's nothing to us, any more        
Than was the hound that came a stranger to us              
Out of the woods, worn out upon the trail."        

"Home is the place where, when you have to go there,        
They have to take you in."        

"I should have called it        
Something you somehow haven't to deserve."              

Warren leaned out and took a step or two,        
Picked up a little stick, and brought it back        
And broke it in his hand and tossed it by.        
"Silas has better claim on us you think        
Than on his brother? Thirteen little miles              
As the road winds would bring him to his door.        
Silas has walked that far no doubt to-day.        
Why didn't he go there? His brother's rich,        
A somebody?director in the bank."        

"He never told us that."              

"We know it though."        

"I think his brother ought to help, of course.        
I'll see to that if there is need. He ought of right        
To take him in, and might be willing to?        
He may be better than appearances.              
But have some pity on Silas. Do you think        
If he'd had any pride in claiming kin        
Or anything he looked for from his brother,        
He'd keep so still about him all this time?"        

"I wonder what's between them."              

"I can tell you.        
Silas is what he is?we wouldn't mind him?        
But just the kind that kinsfolk can't abide.        
He never did a thing so very bad.        
He don't know why he isn't quite as good              
As anyone. He won't be made ashamed        
To please his brother, worthless though he is."        

"I can't think Si ever hurt anyone."        

"No, but he hurt my heart the way he lay        
And rolled his old head on that sharp-edged chair-back.              
He wouldn't let me put him on the lounge.        
You must go in and see what you can do.        
I made the bed up for him there to-night.        
You'll be surprised at him?how much he's broken.        
His working days are done; I'm sure of it."              

"I'd not be in a hurry to say that."        

"I haven't been. Go, look, see for yourself.        
But, Warren, please remember how it is:        
He's come to help you ditch the meadow.        
He has a plan. You mustn't laugh at him.              
He may not speak of it, and then he may.        
I'll sit and see if that small sailing cloud        
Will hit or miss the moon."        

It hit the moon.        
Then there were three there, making a dim row,              
The moon, the little silver cloud, and she.        

Warren returned?too soon, it seemed to her,        
Slipped to her side, caught up her hand and waited.        

"Warren," she questioned.        

"Dead," was all he answered.              


Sincerly
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 22 Mar 16 - 12:04 PM

Unless I unaccountably missed it above, nobody has mentioned Jenny Joseph's classic, "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple"

http://www.barbados.org/poetry/wheniam.htm

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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 22 Mar 16 - 12:06 PM

Sorry -- Leadfingers had already posted it back in 2010.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: GUEST,Dave
Date: 22 Mar 16 - 03:29 PM

There are a few other Sydney Carter ones, including Run the Film Backwards, and Silver in the Stubble (though this one ends up being about refusing to grow old).


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Stewie
Date: 22 Mar 16 - 08:27 PM

Another good song about an old woman is 'Maria Consuelo Arroyo'.

Maria

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: GUEST,Ebor Fiddler
Date: 22 Mar 16 - 09:05 PM

Has anybody mentioned Browning's splendid "Rabbi Ben Ezra"?


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: kendall
Date: 23 Mar 16 - 02:23 PM

MGM Lion, right you are. same song. I thought my friend, Carl Eklund wrote it, although he never said he did.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: Joe_F
Date: 23 Mar 16 - 05:59 PM

There is also good old Prufrock:

I grow old ? I grow old ?
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.        

Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?        
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.        
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.        

I do not think that they will sing to me.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: kendall
Date: 23 Mar 16 - 07:37 PM

Come, fill the cup, and in the fire of spring,
The winter garment of repentance fling:The bird of time has but a little way to fly,
and, Lo, the bird is on the wing.

from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. One of the most treasured books I own.


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Subject: RE: Poems about Growing Old
From: GUEST,MikeOfNorthumbria (sans cookie)
Date: 24 Mar 16 - 09:13 AM

Some great stuff here - thanks to all the contributors.

And here's one of my favourites which seems to have escaped notice so far.

Jenny kiss'd me when we met
Jumping from the chair she sat in.
Time, you thief, who love to get
Sweets into your book, put that in!

Say I'm weary, say I'm sad,
Say that health and wealth have miss'd me,
Say I'm growing old, but add,
Jenny kiss'd me.

By Leigh Hunt (1784-1859)

Wassail!


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