Shalom Freedman

Veteran Poet - 1,745 Points (Troy New York)

I Am The Poet Of Old Age


I am the poet of old age
I try to tell the truth of it

The aches the pains the disabilities
The losses the fear
The friends gone
The difficulties with every little thing
The sense of the Past as far greater than the future
The decline
And the longings
And the apathy
And the sadness
And the total despair at times
And the cruelty of what happens to the body inevitably
And the struggles to keep oneself where one is now
And prevent a further decline
And the powerlessness in so many ways
And the fear of death and the wish to die
And the anger at oneself for being trouble and bother to others
And the worries about being older still
And being more bent and shriveled
And the shame of looking as one does
And the resentment at needing help to do the simple things
And the regret at being a burden to loved ones

I am the poet
Of the last stage of life
The worst
Before the darkness comes
Perhaps forever.

Submitted: Monday, August 25, 2014

Topic of this poem: aging

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.


Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (I Am The Poet Of Old Age by Shalom Freedman )

  • Bronze Star - 2,446 Points Somanathan Iyer (8/25/2014 11:39:00 PM)

    inevitable are these and everyone has to undergo those. keeping calm is the only norm. nice to read. (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

Famous Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  4. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Caged Bird
    Maya Angelou
  8. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe
Trending Poets
Trending Poems
  1. Jabberwocky, Lewis Carroll
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. If, Rudyard Kipling
  7. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  8. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  9. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  10. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
[Hata Bildir]