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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Things Only Old Folks Know

By June Calender of Big 7-0 & More

The lost word or name is not a disaster
It doesn’t mean dementia or Alzheimers
It happens to everyone quite often.

That blank look, unresponsiveness is okay,
It isn’t snobbishness, anger, ignorance,
Our hearing isn’t what it used to be.

Sitting quietly as others leave the room
Isn’t disinterest or disagreement,
It’s just so damned hard to get out of the chair.

The lavish sprinkling of salt, pepper or hot sauce
Doesn’t mean the cooking’s lousy,
Our taste buds have been dying one by one.

The shrug and sigh at news of scandal
Isn’t indifference, it’s boredom with the stupidity
And arrogance of celebrites, stars and politicians.

The shaking head with the downturned mouth
Isn’t sudden onset of Parkinsons’ disease,
We’re not surprised the world’s going to hell.

What those young folks -- whippersnappers --
Don’t know has to be forgiven. They’ll learn
When they’re lucky enough to become one of the old folks.

[INVITATION: All elders, 50 and older, are welcome to submit stories for this blog. They can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, etc. Please read instructions for submitting.]

Posted by Ronni Bennett at 05:30 AM | Permalink | Email this post


All you have written is so true and extremely well written. My husband and I are in early seventies and can relate to most every one of the conditions you describe. The sad part is that we do have to forgive the younger. One cannot make someone understand what they cannot relate to.

I've forgotten who said it (Surprise!) but somehow this quotation seems fitting ; Growing old is the most surprising thing that can happen to a man.

Simply superb! Such examples, such observational power - so perfectly chosen and exquisitely phrased: poetic, moving, tender.

I've re-read it. I don't usually re-read. This one is so, so good!

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