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Do you know of any poems which adequately describe growing old?

Asked by Dan_Lyons (5311 points ) 3 weeks ago

Like this old adage from the good Doctor:

I cannot see
I cannot pee
I cannot chew
I cannot screw
Oh my God what can I do?”

My memory shrinks
My hearing stinks
No sense of smell
I look like hell
My body’s drooping
have trouble pooping
The Golden Years have come at last
The Golden Years can kiss my ass”

Dr. Seuss

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Dan_Lyons's avatar

@ucme It appears that your buggering bells on your hat are getting on your nerves.

ucme's avatar

No, just another bell end.

gailcalled's avatar

Rabbi Ben Ezra
BY ROBERT BROWNING

(First verse)

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand
Who saith “A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!’’

gailcalled's avatar

When You are Old by William Butler Yeats:”:

(First verse)

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

(http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/172055
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Pierre de Ronsard
From Sonnets pour Hélène

(First verse)

Quand vous serez bien vieille, au soir, à la chandelle,
Assise auprez du feu, devidant et filant,
Direz, chantant mes vers, en vous esmerveillant:
Ronsard me celebroit du temps que j’estois belle.

2davidc8's avatar

Really funny, @Coloma. ROFL

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