Pondering “Old”

Over the last few months, I have been on a few Zoom “Whiskey Wednesday Virtual Happy Hours” with Rick Georges.  He is a fun guy and his blog, Future Lawyer, Future Technology For The Lawyer is very interesting and has about as much to do with being an attorney as my old A Simple Village Undertaker blog had to do with funerals.  Rick is a senior member of Club of 25.

Oh, did I mention he is also a published poet?  He has me beat by a few years, but this poem resounded with me this morning when I read it. Maybe I am not alone?

When I Am Old

Rick, pondering life in St. Petersburg, FL while waiting for his “Senior Citizen Special” dinner at 4:30 in the afternoon.

When I am old
I will bark at the stars in heaven
I will buy a new car
with sleek lines
and race between the cinder blocks
lining the street in front of the house.

When I am old
I will miss the grasping youth
who held her with a passion
and kissed soft lips
and rounded hips
and never knew
what he had.

When I am old
I will rise from the chair carefully
so as not to break a bone
or strain a muscle
that once was strong and firm.

When I am old
I will think about the lost days
spent worrying about things
that never came to pass
and about the time I wasted
wanting to change the past.

When I am old
I will spend more time
putting on my socks
and taking my medications
and crying over lost love
and wondering how many more days
I have until I won’t be old anymore.

When I am old
I will write poems
about love and loss
and remember when they were
living memories
and dying thoughts.

When I am old
I will no longer be young.

I wonder whether I will
ever be young again.

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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5 Responses to Pondering “Old”

  1. Rick Georges says:

    We are the same, you and I. We aren’t old. We are forever young

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I feel that way all the time. Beautiful poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jim Borden says:

    beautiful poem by Rick, thanks for sharing. He is not your typical lawyer!

    Liked by 1 person

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