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Beautiful Old Age - Poem by David Herbert Lawrence

It ought to be lovely to be old
to be full of the peace that comes of experience
and wrinkled ripe fulfilment.

The wrinkled smile of completeness that follows a life
lived undaunted and unsoured with accepted lies
they would ripen like apples, and be scented like pippins
in their old age.

Soothing, old people should be, like apples
when one is tired of love.
Fragrant like yellowing leaves, and dim with the soft
stillness and satisfaction of autumn.

And a girl should say:
It must be wonderful to live and grow old.
Look at my mother, how rich and still she is! -

And a young man should think: By Jove
my father has faced all weathers, but it's been a life!


Comments about Beautiful Old Age by David Herbert Lawrence

  • Gold Star - 98,855 Points Robert Murray Smith (6/26/2016 4:13:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem.

    See my poem on Old Age.

    Regards
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  • Gold Star - 112,496 Points Kumarmani Mahakul (10/7/2014 12:20:00 AM)

    Soothing old people should be like apples. Beautifully written poem shared on. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 71,429 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (6/26/2014 12:10:00 AM)

    How beautifully the great poem written this poem of old age is amazing to think. The naturality and comprehension and attitude of the son and daughter and also the relatives to an old man or woman is really must be of affection and love and admitting their experience of life journey. It is clearly stated in this poem. (Report) Reply

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