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  • 37.
    ! Old Age Remembered

    I never thought it would happen to me…
    so, I wouldn’t have been reading this poem…

    but now it seems it has. And now
    I’m writing it. Or trying to. Big mistake?

    So do I have
    anything worth passing on?

    You know, the Polonius Balonyus stuff:
    If I were your age, boy,

    this is what I’d be and do, yawn zzzz….
    Let’s think instead, of some more lively head

    in Sunday supplement style –
    ‘Old Age – Tragedy or Comedy? ’

    It’s just so personal, and the only one
    to really weigh it up is you. Or me.

    I’m wiser, happier (on the happy days)
    than ever in my life; but then, who cares?

    Well, maybe one or two. On the other hand,
    there are few illusions left;

    would one have been glad
    to have no illusions, at, say, twenty years of age?

    Or, to be almost beyond pain, or pleasure,
    or attachments of any sort -

    this in some young man
    taking his vows as monk,

    would be a solemn commitment for a lifetime; but
    when you’re old – easier or harder then to bear?

    then, short-term memory shorter, long-term memory longer -
    that's wonderful - provided you have no regrets...

    the memories come flooding back
    of just how happy, happy childhood is...

    barely remembered now, how adolescence
    is the most painful time of life...

    To cut a long life-story short –
    the comedy’s more comic; the tragedy’s more tragic.

    So I wonder how Shakespeare, having studied both
    and then thrown his books away,

    living a comfortable (or was it?) Stratford retirement -
    a spot of bowls, a friendly pub,

    grandchildren, his or of his relatives,
    to keep him young or tire him out or both -

    I wonder what passed through his worldspanned mind
    as he passed passing time? As his time passed? read more »

  • 38.

    Hour by hour I sit and muse
    in what way my brain to use.
    Shall I write or shall I read
    for such effort is there need read more »

  • 39.
    Retiring for Final Writings

    There's got to be another poem;
    Perhaps a book or two.
    I have ideas for writing them
    By then I should be through. read more »

  • 40.
    Stories Made Up

    Retirement requires careful planning, I shall have to
    keep quiet all the time; fine, it shall force me to write
    when ideas keep flowing in my head, today in class
    we learnt that French Kings – Clovis and Louis the read more »

  • 41.
    # My Simple Award #

    I was informed just lately

    That I am among those to be called read more »

  • 42.
    Position to hold

    I never thought of resigning
    And go for volunteer signing
    To be off the scene at will
    That was sure to receive mix feel read more »

  • 43.
    Birdwatchers Of America

    It’s all very well to dream of a dove that saves,
    Picasso’s or the Pope’s,
    The one that annually coos in Our Lady’s ear read more »

  • 44.
    To James Norton Esq.

    Think you I have not skill to gather gold,
    If I could love it as some others do?
    Or that I lack the spirit of a bold
    And resolute man in any cause that’s true, read more »

  • 45.
    Stepping up to Life

    Do you ever stop and think about
    The chapters of folks’ lives?
    They started from absolutely nothing
    Took on a husband or wife read more »

  • 46.
    With No Resentment

    The best part of the life is autumn
    Sometimes we dislike and condemn
    Later part of the life and curse too
    But that is human mentality of course read more »

  • 47.
    A whole new ball game.

    The time had come for me to go and leave the world of work behind
    I was not sure, did not know how I would occupy my mind
    To fill the long hours of the day. I knew some things I’d like to try.
    But work had left small time for play and now there s was no reason why. read more »

  • 48.
    Works And Pensions

    Arms outstretched
    screaming to be heard
    but nobody listens
    to the man with no name read more »

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