Ages to Aged

Birthdays come and quickly go,
Excitement builds as a child knows:
Parties, gifts, games, cake and balloons,
Childhood innocence over way too soon.

Adolescent years, some good, some bad,
Spots and boyfriends, but fun to be had,
Experience of love, out to work and at play
Accept that a birthday’s just another day.

I heard on the news a footballer has died,
His skill on the pitch was never denied.
I remember watching him play long ago,
When I was teenager of eighteen or so.

Twenties, thirties, those learning years
Experience Life, laughter, joy and tears,
Get married, perhaps have a kid or two
Then discover the bastard’s been cheating on you.

Forties come with its shades of grey,
As we fight to keep wrinkles and crows feet at bay,
Gradually approaching some half way stage
When it all turns downhill as we continue to age.

The sixties cometh, but I remember the times
Of bedtime stories and nursery rhymes,
Family relations of old are all gone
But my life continues to stretch on and on.

A lifespan expected of three score and ten
Is way out of date, be it women or men,
But what to look forward to as we grow old?
Care in a Nursing Home, doing what we are told.

I look to the mirror and what do I see –
An old wizened stranger looking straight back at me,
A face once familiar, yet no longer mine,
The map of my Life etched in every line.

How long we have Here is anyone’s guess,
We look after our health, cope with all of the stress,
Doing the best that we can to get by,
Knowing that, in the end, we all die.

lonely old lady  gentleman


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to Ages to Aged

  1. colinandray says:

    As somebody once said ” You only get one guarantee in this world… you will not get out of it alive!”
    I find it rather interesting, in a disturbing kind of way that (based on an average male lifespan here) I am not that far away from that magic number, and reducing the gap every year! Will I reach that statistical age? Will I exceed that statistical age? Even more disturbing thoughts!!!! 🙂

    • I find myself thinking similar things as my brothers are both in their 70s, my sister mid sixties, and I’m coming up to the big 6 0. I realise that those people who were young when I was, are now old!
      My teachers, who were already old, are probably all departed now.
      It’s so hard to believe that I was watching Holland play in the 1974 World Cup, and that is now 42 years ago. Age (and years) keeps creeping up on me, and when I realise just how many years ago specific things happened, it’s a bit of a brain shock!.

  2. I agree about musicians and actors dying in their 60s and my first reaction is.. but they are so young.. then I remember I am the same age. My mother died at 95 and one of the strange side effects of dementia is that some sufferers look in the mirror and only see their younger selves in a time that they do remember. She maintained you should identify an age when you felt you were in your prime and stick at that for the rest of your life.. for me that would probably be 35ish. So that is where I will stay.

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