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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Night Thought

By Arlene Corwin

Your friends will watch you growing old
And love you anyway, in spite of, for
(Darkening over-lip, hairs on chin
Unseen by changing lenséd eyes)
Love you between thick and thin;
Fat and sick, not picky about outer things.
Strangers will not know the difference
Between what you were what they see,
Not caring and why should they
Aging, growing old, maturing –
(Verb you use, shows mind that’s yours,
For verb you choose is mind that’s yours.)
In any case, grow old and let it!
House no attitude about it -
None at all,
at all,
at all
(that’s supposed to be an echo
bouncing back on walls of time.)
Attend to something else and grow.


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Comments

Love your poem because it is so pertinent, I have to admit.
And your echo, very funny.

I like that you encourage us to still grow, I believe that too.

Just perfect Ronni and Joanne...just learned this week of death of my life-long friend..we always had laughs about seeing each other ALL OUR LIVES..I have to write something about her and her departure and your echo might just be the theme..always inspiring dear Ladies...thanks

There is a special kind of freedom that comes with old age. I like that.

You are right, too, about our understanding friends.

Thank you for this wonderful poem, Arlene. And I agree completely with Jackie, that with age a sense of freedom comes.

Just yesterday I discovered some wonderful pictures showing that there is a wonderful hidden world behind and aged face, that at the first sight those around might not see. http://fstoppers.com/pics-reflections-portraits-of-the-elderly-as-they-once-were

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