Enjoying My Later Years

Another of my hanging baskets.
By Jabo
@jaboUK (48827)
United Kingdom
July 16, 2017 4:04pm CST
My body I'd willingly trade it's falling apart I'm afraid, but my wits are still sharp so you'll not hear me carp and my jocular vein's not decayed. Perhaps I've one foot in the grave, belong to the age of the cave, to hear heavy breathing I'd have to go jogging if I do, I'll give you a wave. I'll flash a nice smile when we meet, with teeth that are white and so neat, of course they're my own! they aren't just on loan, to prove it I've got the receipt. Though looks may be plundered by time I've gained other things, which is fine, my wisdom's increased my work time's decreased, and now I've found I can do rhyme. These last years bring blessings you see, from sadness and gloom I am free, and I've no regrets it's as good as it gets, this world's still a fun place to be.
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@Platespinner (16595)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
16 Jul
Love it! Especially the last verse. When I grow up I want to be just like you!
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
16 Jul
@Platespinner What a nice compliment Joanne, thank you.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
17 Jul
@jaboUK I know far too many people who spend their retirement years choosing to be miserable for whatever reason. You clearly have figured out how to enjoy life!
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@WorDazza (8261)
• Manchester, England
17 Jul
@Platespinner I was going to say almost the same thing as you. Except in my case it would have been IF I grow up!!
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@Asylum (45912)
• Manchester, England
16 Jul
Sadly this is a stage That we all tend to reach with age But we learn to accept That we are less adept Though when is not easy to gauge
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
16 Jul
@Asylum It's hard to accept I am old, in my head I'm still young and bold, but though I can't run I still can have fun, though I've a few pains, truth be told.
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@Asylum (45912)
• Manchester, England
16 Jul
@jaboUK Aches and pains are inevitable with time And mountains become impossible to climb We cannot run so fast Because our best days have passed But at least we still know how to rhyme
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@ptrikha_2 (5353)
• India
18 Jul
@jaboUK yes we have to face the truth sooner or later.
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@MALUSE (28692)
• Denmark
16 Jul
This poem is fine. We know you can rhyme!
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
16 Jul
@MALUSE Thanks, rhyming is something I didn't discover until 3 years ago
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@MALUSE (28692)
• Denmark
16 Jul
@jaboUK A label fitting for a gardener: you're a late bloomer! :-)
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
16 Jul
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@garymarsh6 (11907)
• United Kingdom
17 Jul
Absolutely true. You make life enjoyable and why not you have worked hard for your retirement.
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
17 Jul
@garymarsh6 Thanks Gary, I really am enjoying my retirement. The only fly in the ointment is my husband's increasing frailty, but that's to be expected as he's 86.
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@LadyDuck (108806)
• Switzerland
17 Jul
Janet you are great writing those rhymes. You absolutely do not have a foot in the grave, there are still many years to enjoy doing almost nothing.
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
17 Jul
@LadyDuck Thanks Anna, I know that you think on the same lines as me - we make the most of our lives.
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@LadyDuck (108806)
• Switzerland
17 Jul
@jaboUK Absolutely and I am still enjoying what I do, I never think what tomorrow will bring, the important is to enjoy the present.
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@amadeo (41991)
• United States
16 Jul
you got it there.Nice to see you.Been awhile
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
16 Jul
@amadeo Thanks Alfredo, nice to see you too
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@WorDazza (8261)
• Manchester, England
17 Jul
Once more you've tickled my ribs And you know that I never tell fibs I just hope when I'm old I'll be equally bold And don't end up drooling in bibs
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@TheHorse (48493)
• Pleasant Hill, California
18 Jul
when i learnt that my body was sinking I took to sad songs and much drinking But when I have a stroke I'll just take a toke and pretend all can hear what I'm thinking
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@WorDazza (8261)
• Manchester, England
18 Jul
@jaboUK I must stop replying in rhyme Because some of my rhymes are a crime It's not really leading To very good reading Coz it's tricky to do all the time
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
18 Jul
@TheHorse Cleverly done, Horse, I enjoyed your rhyme thank you
@Hatley (152092)
• Garden Grove, California
16 Jul
love il as is upbeat lokiong at things as I do enjoing'beig alive' lifes great the worlds great lo oks at life in a positivee way
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
16 Jul
@Hatley I know that you have the same outlook as me Patsie - we just make the best of things, don't we?
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
16 Jul
I think you should put all your poems celebrating aging into a book - you'd become the next Pam Ayer
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
16 Jul
@valmnz That's sweet of you to say that Val - that's what my daughter calls me - Pam Ayres
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
16 Jul
@jaboUK there is a kind of similar feeling about them I love the way you can get us all laughing at ourselves
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@MALUSE (28692)
• Denmark
17 Jul
@valmnz @jaboUK I know Pam Ayres, too. I've heard her reciting her poems on BBC4. Her poor husband! He features in so many of them.
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@Juliaacv (19381)
• Canada
17 Jul
That's a cute one, its been a while and I'm always happy to read, and chuckle over one of your poems.
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
17 Jul
@Juliaacv And I'm always happy when you read my stuff and leave your lovely comments. Thank you
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@Juliaacv (19381)
• Canada
17 Jul
@jaboUK I don't know how anyone could not!
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@TheHorse (48493)
• Pleasant Hill, California
18 Jul
She made me chuckle once again.
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@vandana7 (55231)
• India
17 Jul
I cannot but help concur But I'm reminded of a monsieur Who used to join this game And now cancer he should shame Prayers are what I have for that sir
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
18 Jul
@vandana7 Vanny, he has actually joined in here with a couple of his limericks. I was delighted that he was up to it.
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• India
18 Jul
Me too
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@Shiva49 (8776)
• Singapore
17 Jul
I am with you on this, Jabo. I count my blessings including some I like to forget as they rear their ugly heads from time to time. I do not have time to stay in regrets and I shoe them away as they try to impact my time. Overall, I thank my stars for this ride as my tenure here sees an inevitable end. I have a hope we all will meet again even in happier climes - siva
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
17 Jul
@Shiva49 I'm pleased that you have the same outlook as me Siva
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@ptrikha_2 (5353)
• India
18 Jul
@Shiva49 quite a positive spirit!
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@salonga (27838)
• Philippines
17 Jul
Wonderful! Having no regrets about the life you live is the best.
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
17 Jul
@salonga That's so true
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• United States
17 Jul
I feel years younger just reading this - thanks for the smiles and laughs!
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
18 Jul
@AbbyGreenhill And you've made me feel good with your lovely comments, thank you
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• United States
18 Jul
@jaboUK You are very welcome.
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@bluesa (9652)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
17 Jul
Wisdom increasing and work time decreasing sounds good, Janet. It is wonderful you have no regrets @jaboUK , Yes, the world can be a fun place to be.
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
18 Jul
@bluesa Hi Catherine - yes there is still fun to be had even when we're old
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@bluesa (9652)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
18 Jul
@jaboUK , hi Janet - and in your words it is perfectly told
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@nanette64 (11892)
• Fairfield, Texas
17 Jul
Those are absolutely perfect @jaboUK and the funny thing is, is that they fit 'me' perfectly. We must be two peas in a pod as they say. Purdy flowers too.
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
18 Jul
@nanette64 You and I do have a lot in common, I know. Glad you like the flowers.
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@nanette64 (11892)
• Fairfield, Texas
18 Jul
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@silvermist (14823)
• India
17 Jul
That hanging basket is very beautiful.The poem is excellent.
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
17 Jul
@silvermist Thanks for liking both the basket and the poem
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@silvermist (14823)
• India
18 Jul
@jaboUK You are welcome.
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@Gillygirl (15151)
• Sutton, England
16 Jul
You have a wonderful outlook on life Janet. I love your hanging basket.
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
16 Jul
@Gillygirl I've always been an optimist Gill and that makes for a happier life. Glad you like my basket, thanks.
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@Gillygirl (15151)
• Sutton, England
16 Jul
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@Ceerios (4732)
• Goodfellow, Texas
17 Jul
@jaboUK - Ms Janet - Well, I kept on thinking, "Janet, Old Girl, it is really about time for another good one from you." And here it is. As Marvin Zindler used to say all the time, "It's hell to be o-l-d." Leave it to you to show how wrong he always was. -Gus-
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
18 Jul
@Ceerios Yup, that guy was wrong all right!
@snowy22315 (29907)
• United States
17 Jul
Lovely, little poem..Thanks!
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@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
18 Jul
@snowy22315 I'm so happy that you like this, thanks