Old Age Comes On Fairy Feet.

My flowers
By Jabo
@jaboUK (53922)
United Kingdom
September 24, 2015 3:09pm CST
Old age comes on fairy feet Tiptoes round you while you sleep, When you wake, what? more grey hair! How the heck did that get there? Painful limbs and hearing gone What else is there to go wrong? Wrinkled skin and aching eyes, That danged mirror must tell lies. Yes, it seems that youth has fled, Teeth by bed, not in your head, What you eat goes on your hips And your body sags and dips. But it's not all doom and gloom Though you've lost your youthful bloom, By that fireside don't be curled, Just take off and see the world. Now that you've no boss to please You can relax and take your ease. Don't knock on that pearly gate Tell St Peter he can wait. Don't let old age get you beat, Just have some fun, life's still sweet, Sing and dance though you are old. And enjoy your years of gold. What's your attitude to ageing? Are you making the most of it, or do you intend to in the future? Original poetry by Jabo.
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@garymarsh6 (14069)
• United Kingdom
24 Sep 15
I would not consider myself old although one of the Doctors I work with called me old today cheeky little sod. He only looks 14 years old! I think you are as old as you feel. Somedays I feel like I am 20 years old and other days more like 90! (You must know I am half that). LOL You should keep active in your twilight years which will keep your mind and body in good stead! Enjoy Janet you are an inspiration to others!
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
24 Sep 15
@garymarsh6 I don't think I will ever get used to people calling me old, as I never think of myself that way. But I will poke fun at me being in my dotage. Anyway you're a good few years behind me, and that young doctor deserves a slap! Yes, I truly believe that keeping active helps to keep the years at bay - no knitting by the fireside for me
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@Marcyaz (35672)
• United States
24 Sep 15
Some days are like that we feel really good and young and other days we feel ill and old.
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@Marcyaz (35672)
• United States
24 Sep 15
@jaboUK Knitting is not only for the older generation but anyway hope your day is making you feel younger today.
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@amadeo (65751)
• United States
24 Sep 15
Old age does not bother me.If I can move and get around then I am all set. I keep very active as you know.at my age have nothing to lose
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@marlina (73885)
• Canada
24 Sep 15
Hello Alfredo, you have a very positive attitude, congratulations.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
24 Sep 15
@amadeo You are marvellous for your age, playing tennis and hiking. I'm not as active as that, but I do a lot of gardening and walking. Then of course I travel a lot.
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@Marcyaz (35672)
• United States
24 Sep 15
I wish I could still be that active but oh well I do what I can.
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• United States
24 Sep 15
Very nice poem. You do have quite a talent. Oh I am so ready for retirement. Even though I don't work, I have to wait for my husband to retire, which is in about 10-12 years. Until then we are saving and planning for that time.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
24 Sep 15
@TexanTornado You do right to save while you can, that way you can have a comfortable retirement.
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• United States
24 Sep 15
@jaboUK That is exactly what we are hoping for.
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@Marcyaz (35672)
• United States
24 Sep 15
Very Good that you and your husband are looking towards the future.
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• United States
24 Sep 15
i agree with @garymarsh6 'n yer poetic whimsy is such a true delight! i'd great plans fer my elder years 'n aint given up 'n such yet. stayin' active is most key. i know when my grands retired, they jest sat 'round, not doin' much'f nothin'. saddened my heart some. they should'a gotten out more 'n enjoyed all that life's to bring. i don't fret wrinkles, gray hairs 'n saggin' body parts :)
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
24 Sep 15
@crazyhorseladycx Yes I think it's sad when older people just sit round doing nothing. If you have hobbies and interests it keeps you from stagnating. I don't fret those things you mentioned either, but I know a lot of people do.
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• United States
24 Sep 15
@jaboUK papaw had his gardenin', but 'twas all. so, in winter months he jest sat in his chair. :( i'd keep bottle-baby calves 'round jest to keep him movin' coz he did love tendin' those babes.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 15
@crazyhorseladycx That was a good idea, it gave him something to do, and helped the calves.
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@boiboing (12441)
• Northampton, England
24 Sep 15
So this is where everybody is hanging out these days. Good to see you.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
24 Sep 15
@boiboing Hi Barbara - what was your user name over there?
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@boiboing (12441)
• Northampton, England
24 Sep 15
@jaboUK I was boingboing - but somebody here registered that name many years ago so I couldn't get it.
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@maggs224 (1711)
• Alicante, Spain
24 Sep 15
@jabo As always Janet I loved the poem, and you caught it just right, even though you and I have a ways to go before we can really talk about growing old first hand. I will let you know when I get there if I made the most of it if you tell me after you get there, it is still some way off because as of yet you and I are still in our prime lol...
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
24 Sep 15
@maggs224 You are a fair way behind me in age Maggs, but of course you are right - we are both in our prime
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@Marcyaz (35672)
• United States
24 Sep 15
@jaboUK I am also in my prime of my youth, yeah right !!!!
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 15
@Marcyaz Course you are, come join the club!
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Sep 15
I intend to be one old cantankerous cuss. In fact, I have been practicing for years. I'm ready.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 15
@ Rollo1 You and @Fiacre would make a fine pair! He wants to be a grumpy old man.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
25 Sep 15
I'm still in my 30's but this has got to be one of the best, most optimistic poem about aging I've ever read! I don't think I'd worry too much about aging. I'd rather focus on the present and cherish the moments while I can.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 15
@cahaya1983 That's the way to live - cherishing each moment as it comes. And there's no point worrying about getting old - there's all sorts of things to do to keep happy in your senior years.
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@wetnosedogs (1557)
• United States
24 Sep 15
Being of the old age is great. Love your poem.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
24 Sep 15
@wetnosedogs I know I'm lucky in that I have my health, but it's great for me.
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@LadyDuck (157088)
• Switzerland
25 Sep 15
As someone told me once in the past, I will tell you "I am not old, I am vintage" and happy to be. I do not feel I am 60, I see that my hair are grey, but I do not care. I still enjoy life as I did when I was young.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 15
@LadyDuck That's good - 'vintage' . At 60 you are definitely not old, but I'm glad that you're still enjoying life.
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@LadyDuck (157088)
• Switzerland
25 Sep 15
@jaboUK There is no reason to feel depressed and stop enjoying life only because the years passes. I guess it's even better to profit more.
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@allknowing (65054)
• India
25 Sep 15
Great poem there. I too believe in living. And I wrote a poem for my husband when he was about to retire way back.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 15
So you like writing poems too? I'd like to have seen yours.
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@allknowing (65054)
• India
25 Sep 15
@jaboUK Its already there
Inspired after reading @Jabo 's poem on old age I felt like uploading this poem I wrote way back when my husband was about to retire Retirement Bliss Not...
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@GardenGerty (99212)
• United States
25 Sep 15
We have plans for our older age. I would also like to be able to curl up by the fire, if it is snowy, but you are just as likely to see us out going somewhere.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 15
@GardenGerty Curling up by the fire can be lovely, but we need to do other things as well.
@Ceerios (4756)
• Goodfellow, Texas
24 Sep 15
Ms Janet ( @jaboUK ) - That one is a contest winner.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
24 Sep 15
@ceerios So sweet of you to say that Gus, I appreciate it. Thanks.
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• Canada
24 Sep 15
Love the poem, Janet! I'm not giving in to old age. I'm still trying new things.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
24 Sep 15
@Sheilamarie78 That's the way to do it - new things keep you fresh and alert. I'm pleased you liked the poem Sheila, I wasn't sure how poems would do on this site.
@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
25 Sep 15
Love, love, love the poem! It describes it perfectly. Just because we are older doesn't mean that life has ended. I will be 60 in March and I still feel young at heart, even though my body says otherwise.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 15
@simone10 If you feel young at heart that's a great thing as I know that you have health issues. I'm so pleased that you liked the poem, thanks.
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@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
27 Sep 15
@jaboUK It is a struggle sometimes because those dark thoughts can creep in when I'm not feeling good. But for the most part, I try to have a positive attitude which is something that I have learned from @GreatMartin
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
27 Sep 15
@simone10 Yes @GreatMartin is a great advocate for ageing. He's managing it very well, and shown us how it can be done.
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@rebelann (41222)
• El Paso, Texas
24 Sep 15
YIKES that surely hit home. butt I'm not done rompin just yet so I'll tend it in the future, when I'm 80 maybe.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 15
Well I'm only 5 years off 80 and I don't intend to stop rompin (as you call it) any time soon
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@rebelann (41222)
• El Paso, Texas
25 Sep 15
@jaboUK way to go, I doubt I'll stop either. You better keep posting for photos for folks like me who don't get the chance to see those awesome places you get to go to. I vacation vicariously you know
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 15
@rebelann You are welcome to travel with me vicariously. We don't have dogs and cats any more so that we are able to go wherever we want without worrying about them. For instance, apart from our little jaunt next week, we're going to Spain for a month in November, and again for another month in March. Couldn't do that if we had animals, though I really love them.
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• New Delhi, India
25 Sep 15
Excellent poem! Enjoying it. As a middle-aged man, preparing for the old age. Your poem would definitely help me in this preparation.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 15
@SHARINGPARTHA Thank you. Yes, old age isn't so bad, there's still a lot of enjoyment to be found.
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• New Delhi, India
26 Sep 15
Your poem is a source of Inspiration to welcome the Old Age.It seems to be interesting phase of life...sans teeth,sans taste and SANS ALL PAIN.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
26 Sep 15
@SHARINGPARTHA Shakespeare got it wrong when he said SANS EVERYTHING!
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@BelleStarr (38213)
• United States
1 Nov 15
I love being free of working but I have to admit the sagging skin gets me down a bit. The gray hair I can live with lol.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
2 Nov 15
@BelleStarr I agree about the sagging skin - no more sleeveless dresses for me
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@BelleStarr (38213)
• United States
2 Nov 15
@jaboUK lol sometimes I just stare at my arms and say I want my nice smooth skin back but alas, it is not to be!!
@marguicha (94534)
• Chile
11 Oct 15
I love your poem. I try to do the best I can with my ol´ bones.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
11 Oct 15
@marguicha From what I've read you do make the most of your life, even though I know that your health is not good.
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@marguicha (94534)
• Chile
11 Oct 15
@jaboUK I confess that I don´t have much patience with people who are always feeling sorry for themselves
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• Midland, Michigan
10 Oct 15
When you said the part about seeing the world instead of curling up by the fire, I thought you were going to say at least you're not alone if a partner is aging with you. Maybe one day we'll be able to see the world. At least we were able to go to Hawaii several years ago before my husband lost his leg. It could be a bit difficult for him now to do much sightseeing, but I suppose if needed we could rent a motorized wheelchair of some type.
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@jaboUK (53922)
• United Kingdom
10 Oct 15
@MarshaMusselman My husband needs a wheelchair if we're going any distance, but I just push it. (Can be hard work at times) Those motoriized wheelchairs are expensive to hire.
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• Midland, Michigan
13 Oct 15
@jaboUK Hadn't thought about the cost and it isn't a need right now anyway as he can still walk and work. I know I won't be able to push his wheelchair though, I'm older than he and now that I lost weight last year considerably lighter. Pushing it inside is one thing, but on uneven terrain, I doubt it will happen.
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