Caroline’s poem

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Caroline has shared her poem on the frustrations of ageing. Both funny and poignant, why not read it for yourself?

Those 80 years had passed in a flash,

A wife and mother, filled with haste, worry and dash.

Rearing three children has kept Maria busy,

Through it all she had never wanted to leave the city.

But here she was now, being coaxed away.

She had been politely told she is getting too old to stay.

The stairs had gotten tricky, there is no doubt,

But if she got stuck she could give the neighbours a shout.

“You are getting frail mum” her daughter had said.

“Come live with us, you can bring your tired, saggy bed”.

It had been nice to visit her daughter in the country

But it was life in the city that made her feel free.

Wandering through markets, sipping latte in plazas,

Time did not matter, she was her own master.

Do as she wanted, stay out all day if she wished

No-one to answer to, she liked not being missed

Insignificant, unimportant, a drop in the ocean,

To melt in the crowd and feel the urban commotion.

It made her feel young, really alive

In the country she would simply survive.

There she would be monitored, watched and advised.

Every fall, trip or mistake scrupulously analysed.

Always talking of age they wanted her to admit

That she now needed looking after.

What a crock of shit.

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7 Comments

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    Well said Caroline

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    I love it !!!
    Even though I don’t like the city, appreciate the sentiment.

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    I becoming old enough to understand and relate to the sentiments expressed 🙂

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    hey… what about us in the country who don’t want to end up in town ????

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    How come you
    miska
    Tadpole
    Oldie80
    Frog
    marg
    did not put your own riddle up ?

    You can do what ever you want
    You don’t need to let it stop you
    You can do it all, just as you please
    Age is a state of mind
    Age is not a short coming
    Age is not as old as you feel

    Now that I am alone
    Now that they are all gone
    I am 17 again
    They were the shackles, they were the bricks
    That I dragged along
    That weighed me down
    I see the wrinkles
    I feel the aches
    I count the steps I could have made today
    Alas they were all taken away
    Inch by inch moment after moment
    Oh, how I wanted to run away
    What about me
    Where is my place
    All I need is just a little space
    More than a match box
    Now it’s a grave.
    It costs money, what ever it is

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    Love this…..same as put a person in a hostel and they instantly age ten years following behaviour of those leaning over, agitation…..stats show those who remain in own home with help to do tasks they can no longer do, live longest!


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