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No one said growing old was fun
On that we all agree
Suddenly you start to fall apart
It will happen to YOU, you'll see

At first your hearing fails you
You turn the volume up too high
Then your vision starts to go
As cataracts cloud the eye

you'll find you can't walk as far
Or as fast as you used to do
Your doctor tells you the knee is shot
But he can replace it for you!

Sometimes you get short of breath
When climbing up the stairs
You reek of pungent ointments
Whenever your arthritis flairs

You can't remember where you put your keys
Or where you parked the car
But it's ok the Doctor says
Unless you can't remember who you are

Growing old is not for sissy's
I've heard someone has said
But it's better than the alternative
(At least you won't be dead!)




------
Grandma Bea


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The following comments are for "Growing Old Is Not For Sissy's"
by Beatrice Boyle

Putting Off the Golden years
I have to say, you make it sound fun to get old, but I still don't want all that other stuff to happen. This was a really good poem, and I think that it has the potential to be used in the published market..............check that out. It's almost like a card, or a framed poem or something. Very good!

( Posted by: johnb79 [Member] On: February 8, 2004 )

Should be a Warning on the Bottle!
Bea,

I've been looking through your poems again, I like this one...maybe there should be a warning on the bottle!

At last, I have found something grammatically that I can comment on! (Only to gain personal knpwledge from your replies, I hasten to say).

Why have you started your 3rd stanza with a small 'y', I think this tends to try to tie it to the 2nd stanza, which is in itself complete.

I would have prefered 'you' instead of 'YOU' for emphasis in you first stanza, It scares me when I am being shouted at by somebody as powerful as yourself.

In case I run into any misunderstandings, I love the piece and adore your work, eventually I will get around to reading it all, but I am rationing myself... there is only so much I can learn at a time, even from a 'teacher' as good as you are.

I find your comansense attitude and sense of fun leeps out of the words at me. Oh, and I am sure we have a 'thought link' somewhere, in your previous post and in your comments on my poetry you have mentioned 'The Moving Finger writes...'

This poem had been going through my head for about a week before your post and although completely different inspired a post I will make soon called 'My Hand, but my next one is called 'memory' which is so beautifully put in the penultimate stanza in your poem.

Thanks again for wonderful poetry,

Ivor

( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: May 25, 2004 )

There goes another typo!
Hi Ivor...you know I never noticed the error until you pointed it out (y instead of Y). I usually post these in the early a.m. (about 3 or 4) and my brain is half asleep then! You're right about the capitlization of YOU... I tend to dramatise everything and am listening to it in my own mind as I would recite it as I'm writing it...hence the YOU instead of you! Mea Culpa! and by the way, don't ever apologise for correcting me or anyone else, if you are sure of your facts!

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: May 25, 2004 )

Old Lady...Who???
I was looking over some more of your poems and the title attracted me to this one...You nailed it...growing old ain't fer sissys. I love the last line....hehe....any way...what don't kill ya will make ya stronger...God Bless...Kacee

( Posted by: Nitz Kitty [Member] On: November 18, 2004 )

Keeping the alternative at bay Kacee!
Requires hard work I'm afraid...so you might as well enjoy it while you work at it. Laughing is the best excercise I know of...keeps the facial muscles from sagging...try it...you'll see!

Bea

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: November 18, 2004 )

Growing old revisited
Bea,

'Then your vision starts to go
As cataracts cloud the eye'

Were you trying to warn me!

Oh, and thank you for not pointing out my horrendous typo's in my comments correcting your grammar!

Ivor

( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: November 18, 2004 )

GROWING OLD IS NOT FOR SISSY'S
This is just too cute! I love your style. You are not afraid to tell it like it is or will be. Excellent! I hope that my sense of humor doesn't fade with age (I'm getting there). Grandma always used to say, "Idle hands are the devils work" and if she rested she would feel guilty about her duties and the people who depended on her. This is why I love and respect my elders. Thanks for making me laugh at growing old! PaulaAnne

( Posted by: PaulaAnne [Member] On: December 2, 2006 )





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