How does it feel growing old?
depending on your family and friends
losing your pride and self respect
no one understands or comprehends.
When you need help to do the chores
simple things all of a sudden are hard
sweeping with a broom, washing up dishes
even writing a name on a card.
Who said it would be easy?
when you were in your prime
just as young folks feel nowadays
you thought growing old was a crime!
Old folks you couldn't be bothered with
they were always getting in the way
jamming up queues in supermarkets
always having nothing to say.
An aroma of lavender hair in a perm
fashion went out long ago
the need to keep warm, counting the cost
terrified to walk in the snow.
Surviving on the minimum, nothing to eat
scared you will lose your own home
where would you go? no one cares
ending up on the streets to roam.
Some families care, but you want to be free
doing what you can if able
if you show your weaknesses in any way
you end up in a home sitting at a table.
Growing old gracefully means nothing these days
if you are fit, yes you will survive
but if attention is needed , you feel unable
is it worth being alive?
Left to degrade in an old folks home
beside people who gave up long ago
playing games, drinking with a straw
being taken for trips to and fro.
In the days of my youth I was in a war
to make this country stand proud
all the thanks I received were not forthcoming
no one shouted "thank you Ma'am" out loud.
Disrespected by the young, who have never lived
hurts you deep inside
I may be old, "useless now"
but I will always have my PRIDE.
A friend on Twitter was telling me about her mum, we got into a discussion and I decided to write this poem to remind everyone that we will ALL get old, we have no way of telling how that will affect us, but we need to bear in mind it WILL happen, so lets respect our older folks, I am sure a lot of them feel "useless" because what they were able to do most of their lives they cannot do now, its not because they do not want to its because the strength is there in mind but not in body.... LETS SHOW SOME RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY.
How do you think YOU would feel if this was you?
Picture courtesy of Google and does not represent anyone I know.