Shalom Freedman

(Troy New York)

When You Are Depressed About Being Old

And feel there is no Hope for ever changing anything
When you are depressed about being old
And feel you can never begin anything new again
When you are depressed about being old
And know you can only expect to be more ill than you already are
When you are depressed about being old
And fear you may go on too long in misery and pain
When you are depressed about being old
And fear you may die too soon,

When you are depressed about being old
and know it is all over
all the real beauty and laughter and love
all the just sheer happiness of just being alive is gone
When you are depressed about being old
And cannot think of any way of ever possibly getting out of it

Hold on nonetheless
This is the only life on this earth
you will ever have-
And if there are those who care about you
Be the best you can be for them
Even if its only feigning happiness-

And if there is no one and nothing else
Hold on with as much dignity as you can
If you can for as long as you can
And pray
Pray to God for help
And if you can
Make the best of each little pleasure you might have
If you can
And try try
If you can
To get as much out of it
As much as you can
For yourself and for those who care about you.

Submitted: Monday, June 17, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
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