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Monday, January 07, 2013

Cranky Old Man

What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?

What are you thinking .. . when you're looking at me?


A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,


Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?


Who dribbles his food .. . ... . . and makes no reply.


When you say in a loud voice . .'I do wish you'd try!'


Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.


And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?


Who, resisting or not . . . ... lets you do as you will,

With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?

Is that what you're thinking?. .Is that what you see?

Then open your eyes, nurse .you're not looking at me.


I'll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,


As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.


I'm a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,


Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another


A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet


Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he'll meet.


A groom soon at Twenty . . . ..my heart gives a leap.


Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.


At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.


Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.


A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,


Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.


At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,


But my woman is beside me . . to see I don't mourn.


At Fifty, once more, .. ...Babies play 'round my knee,


Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.


Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.


I look at the future ... . . . . I shudder with dread.


For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.


And I think of the years . . . And the love that I've known.

I'm now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.


It's jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.


The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.


There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.


But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,


And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells


I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.


And I'm loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.


I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.


And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.


So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.


Not a cranky old man .


Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. .... . ME!!

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