Old age

Jan Millward takes a tongue in cheek look at old age, and decides it’s not for her!

Old age

I look at my face in the mirror,
But surely that cannot be me?
When did I get grey hair and wrinkles
Aren’t I still young and carefree?

My head wants to go on adventures,
My body says no I’m too old,
I want to go splashing in puddles,
But my carer says I’ll catch a cold.

I thought that old age only happened
To people much older than me,
But it seems that my body knew better
And developed a dodgy old knee.

And my hip it just seemed to follow
And it creaked and it groaned every time
I tried to go faster than normal,
It never did that in my prime.

And isn’t it odd how folk mumble,
They can’t seem to speak clear at all,
And the social called round to fit handrails
They’re sure that without them I’ll fall.

And why can’t I read all the news print?
It seems to be shrinking each week,
It can’t be my eyesight that’s fading,
But the outlook is looking quite bleak.

I’m not sure I like what is happening,
The future it fills me with dread,
My teeth are a faded old memory
They now live in a glass by my bed.

But my head thinks I’m only just twenty,
So I’ll hide all the mirrors away,
I’ll leave getting old for the others,
Whilst there’s time left to get out and play!

Jan Millward©

About the author

janm
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I live in a tied cottage on a farm in rural Dorset. I work as an activity coordinator in a local care home, organising everything from visiting donkeys to trips out to the seaside! I have always been involved in agriculture. I love travelling, gardening , reading and I also have taken to writing poetry. I have just published my 3rd book which is something I have always wanted to do! My books are available on Amazon. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jan-Millward/e/B0189K8IT2/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

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Bonny
7th May 2016
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Brilliant - all of the ' Things We Did Last Summer ' tha nk you Xx
Heidihi
24th Apr 2016
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Issy
23rd Apr 2016
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Lovely poem and so true in our heads we can do anything only the body refuses thank you for sharing
Hliaxtida
23rd Apr 2016
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I think it is a beautiful and very true poem...Thanks for sharing with us!!!
Hliaxtida
23rd Apr 2016
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It is a beautiful and very true poem...Thanks for sharing it with us !!!!
mickigirl
22nd Apr 2016
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Heh heh very amusing with the ring of a truth we all know!!!
Gmnancy1
22nd Apr 2016
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Great poem, you have captured the feeling of getting older well.
cambrianmonkey
22nd Apr 2016
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lovely poem, and I know just that feeling 🙂
jeanmark
22nd Apr 2016
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Brilliant, the only thing different for me is 'When I look at the face in the mirror, why is it my mother I see?'
Frosty
22nd Apr 2016
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Loved the poem. Goodness that's just how I feel. Age creeps up slowly and you hardly recgonise that person looking back at you from the mirror
lindaseaside
22nd Apr 2016
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Brilliant. Exactly how I feel about it!:-)
toulula
22nd Apr 2016
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That was great sounds how I feel this morning loved it
Jackie h
22nd Apr 2016
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Brilliant describes me to a T
Jacquie T
22nd Apr 2016
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Brilliant! It explains exactly how I feel.
wallers2
22nd Apr 2016
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Very clever starting with the first line about looking in the mirror. Sad but we are all in it together. Well done with your excellent poem.
Mags 55
22nd Apr 2016
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Funny how we never think it will come to us!!!!! Doesn't seem so bad though when it's written in verse! Very witty.
Bamba
22nd Apr 2016
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This is so me. I loved your poem.
Ivy Lambert
22nd Apr 2016
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I really enjoyed reading this, it made me smile especially as today is my birthday!
Mags 55
22nd Apr 2016
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Have a nice birthday Ivy!
Mags 55
22nd Apr 2016
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Happy Birthday Ivy - enjoy your day
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Happy birthday Ivy .. have a great day 🙂
Kes
12th Apr 2016
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Really enjoyed reading your poem Jan. Wise and witty and made me laugh out loud. A little something in it that all of us can relate to I think. Thank you for sharing it here.

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