Thursday, 30 August 2012

Old Age





What are you thinking when you're looking at me?
A crabby old woman, not very wise,
Uncertain of habit, with faraway eyes?
I'll tell you who I am as I sit here so still,
I'm a small child of ten ... with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters, who love one another.
A young girl of sixteen, with wings on her feet,
Dreaming that soon now a lover she'll meet.
A bride 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 secure a happy home.
A woman of thirty, my children now grown fast,
Bound to each other with ties that should last.
At forty, my children have grown and are gone,
But my man's 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.
For my children are all rearing young of their own,
And I think of the years and the love that I've known.
I'm an old woman now, and nature is cruel.
The body is crumbled, grace and vigor depart.
There is now a stone where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass, a young girl 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 to fast, and accept the stark fact that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, open and see,
Not a crabby old woman you'll see;
Look closer ... and see ME!

26 comments:

Shelly said...

Awwww, this really touched my heart!

becca said...

aw what a really beautiful heartfelt post. you're amazing

orchid said...

Dearest Jo-Anne,
Really moving post and made me look back the life I had♡♡♡ I can see the happy life with the family you have led.
Haha, I didn't know the word "carcass"! Our mind is always the same despite the age (*^_^*)
Lots of love and hugs from sis-city in Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Bubbles said...

Love it and so true :)

Sinder Ella said...

Beautiful!

Rita said...

How true! What a sweet poem. We all carry all of our years within us. :):)

Cheryl said...

That is a wonderful poem and so very true. I relate to every word of it. I wonder sometimes if the "me" I am now even vaguely resembles my youthful "me".

Joanne said...

Oh This was absolutely beautiful!!!!!!
Blessings, Joanne

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

what a great post! i was 56 yesterday and my mom was 82 on Monday.

Geek Girl said...

I read something similar to this not long ago. I never tire of reading either. :)

whiteangel said...

Great poem and well put together, so pleased you shared it.

Susan Cooper said...

Love this post. It is so true and I never trie of reading about it or hearing what someone has to say. Bravo my friend.

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Pleased you liked it, I wanted to do a post but was to sick to think of anything so looked through my files and found this

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Thank you and I am pleased you liked the poem

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Yes it made me think about my life when I read it and it really touched me which is why I saved it to use as a post.

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Yes I agree it is very true

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Thank you and I agree

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Yes we do and I am so pleased others have enjoyed the poem

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

I also have wondered at times how much this me is like the me of 30yrs ago.......

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Thank you pleased it has touched so many people

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Happy belated birthday to you and your mum hope you both had a great one, I love birthdays.....

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Yes I found it somewhere and copied it and saved it for when I was to tired, sick or busy to think of a post........lol

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Thank you I am glad it was so well recieved

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

I am happy you enjoyed this and yes I think it is also so true about most of us........

timothy said...

great post, made me think of bette midler singing hello in there!

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Bette Midler now that is a great singer........

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