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Another Year Has Passed

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Another year has passed! A short poem about reflections on growing older.

This is a poem about growing older, but as well as being reflections of life now that we have reached a ripe old age, it’s also very relevant in these “strange” days of COVID-19.

A part of growing older for many people is retiring from work and along with that, having a more relaxed life and spending more time at home.

These days older people have generally been more active, outgoing and adventurous than in any other time in history.

But then along came COVID-19 and everyone has had to stay at home to be safe, whether they want to or not.

Now that lockdown has eased and we can go out again, many people, especially us older folk, still don’t feel safe mingling with others, especially strangers, and so even though we are physically capable of going out and would love to go out, mentally, we are actually conditioning ourselves to do the opposite of what we had planned to do in our golden years, forcing ourselves to stay in for the sake of our health.

Anyways, here is the short poem I promised. I have no idea who wrote it, but it’s very poignant and sure made me want to get up and go out somewhere. It’s probably a good thing it’s pouring with rain today, I may be old but I’m not that daft!

Another year has passed
and we all are a little older
Last summer felt hotter
and winter seems much colder.

I rack my brain for happy thoughts,
to put down on my pad,
But lots of things that come to mind
just make me kind of sad.

There was a time not long ago
when life was quite a blast.
Now I fully understand
about “Living in the Past”.

We used to go to friends homes,
football games and lunches.
Now we go to therapy, hospitals,
and after-funeral brunches.

We used to go out dining,
and couldn’t get our fill.
Now we ask for doggie bags,
come home and take a pill.

We used to often travel
to places near and far.
Now we get backaches
from riding in the car.

We used to go out shopping
for new clothing at the Mall
But, now we never bother…
all the sizes are too small.

That, my friend is how life is,
and now my tale is told.
So, enjoy each day and live it up…
before you’re too damned old!

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