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Joybells
22nd November 2012, 10:21
What do you see nurses?… … What do you see?
What are you thinking… … when you’re looking at me?
A cranky old man… … not very wise,
Uncertain of habit… … with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food… … and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice… … ‘I do wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice… … the things that you do.
And forever is losing… … A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not… … lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding… … The long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking?… … Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse… … you’re not looking at me.
I’ll tell you who I am … … As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding… … as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of Ten… … with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters… … who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen… … with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now… … a lover he’ll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty… … my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows… … that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now… … I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide… … And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty… … My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other… … With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons… … have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me… … to see I don’t mourn.
At Fifty, once more… … Babies play ‘round my knee,
Again, we know children … … My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me… … My wife is now dead.
I look at the future… … I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing… … young of their own.
And I think of the years… … And the love that I’ve known.
I’m now an old man… … and nature is cruel.
It’s jest to make old age… … look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles… … grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone… … where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass… … A young man still dwells,
And now and again… … my battered heart swells
I remember the joys… … I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living… … life over again.
I think of the years, all too few… … gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact… … that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people… … open and see.
Not a cranky old man… …
Look closer… see … … . . ME!!

roy
22nd November 2012, 10:30
Hi Joybells,

wonderful.

Roy.

MikeFD
22nd November 2012, 12:14
Thankyou Joybells. Fantastic.

Mike.

Robert
22nd November 2012, 12:41
Joybells,is this one of yours? Regs Bob

Joybells
22nd November 2012, 15:42
I wish it was. It was found with the papers of a very old man who passed away at a nursing home in Auslralia. It was brought to the notice of a local radio station and is now worldwide. A fitting epitaph.

Joybells

john
22nd November 2012, 18:35
Joybells,

So very ,very true.


john

Chrissy
22nd November 2012, 20:49
Hi Joybells

This is indeed beautiful, I have read it before and it certainly makes you think twice. Tell you something I have gone over and over the times I have just seen a person with a broken body...never ever again....I will look for the person inside 'cos I know first hand there is always more than what you first see.

Bless you for reminding us with this poem

Chrissy

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