Joseph Anderson

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A Candid View On Aging - Poem by Joseph Anderson

I sat before my desk last eve
To assess my current plight;
The things I see, you might agree,
Indicate a major blight.

My heartbeat is irregular
And, likewise are my bowels;
My appetite has flown the coop
While my nervous stomach growls.

My sex drive took a wrongway turn,
On life's highway, some miles back;
My drugs for that don't seem to work
So, I'm no good in the sack.

My bones keep going crackle-pop
And my back's in constant pain;
I have fungus on my toe nails
And my garden needing rain.

My teeth and hair are getting thin,
I'm having trouble seeing;
My prostate gland has swollen up
And that restricts my peeing.

That about sums it up, for now,
Not to mention larger ills.
Did I forget to tell you how
I keep mixing up my pills?

I'll be eighty five, when spring arrives
And, with luck, I do survive;
So, thank you, thank you, thank you Lord.
Gosh! It's great to be alive.

Comments about A Candid View On Aging by Joseph Anderson

  • Wes Vogler (5/7/2017 3:42:00 AM)

    Read your Candid View On Aging I commiserate. I am 87 and in better shape. My downfall is a derned
    non-strangulated hernia which I constantly tuck back into place not wanting an operation at my age.
    I was in England when the hurricane hit in 87 with my wife (probably a better way of phrasing that) The occasion is recounted as seen through the eyes of a seven year old girl in My Name Is Louise parts 16,17,18, and 19
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  • Nick Kler (3/22/2017 8:17:00 AM)

    Reality of old age and we all have to go through it...What a circus! (Report) Reply

  • (2/2/2017 7:34:00 PM)

    J, thank you so much for such written truth about life's aging process. I look forward to reading many more of yourinsightful words. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Reed (1/19/2016 3:10:00 AM)

    The spirit is still strong, evidenced by this wonderful writing, where humour shines brightly through all the trials of life (Report) Reply

  • (1/10/2016 7:22:00 PM)

    Love your humorous approach to aging! Knowing beneath the sudden laughter rings the sound of truth that age brings upon us. Great poem Joseph, keep em coming. Thank you for sharing. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/21/2015 8:30:00 AM)

    Age! ! As one grows along. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (8/17/2015 5:25:00 AM)

    Hi Joseph, after two years I've started writing again. I like your poem as I know how you feel! (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (8/17/2015 5:23:00 AM)

    Hi Joseph, after two years I've started writing again! I love your poem and know how you feel! (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (10/17/2014 2:16:00 AM)

    beautiful poem Joseph love to read and rate (Report) Reply

  • Doug Bentley (3/18/2014 2:51:00 PM)

    definitely a favorite! (Report) Reply

  • (3/18/2014 1:06:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem Joseph, really funny, look forward to reading more of your poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Kathryn Mahan (3/18/2014 10:49:00 AM)

    Ha! I'm a child compared to you, yet I get the feeling.... Nice poem Joseph :) (Report) Reply

  • (3/18/2014 3:01:00 AM)

    Hello Joseph
    Liked this poem a lot.
    Liked the rhythm, the humour.
    The spirit.
    Look at mine about my mum Betty.
    She isn't well at the moment, but her spirit is still there thank god!
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  • Jasbir Chatterjee (3/17/2014 11:47:00 PM)

    congrats on being poem of the day...It's a really wonderful way of looking at things, removes the sting out of a very painful stage that is old age... (Report) Reply

  • (3/17/2014 11:13:00 PM)

    I love it. And I have to say it's not years that make you old, its that we stop living. Thanks for the laugh. (Report) Reply

  • (3/17/2014 12:40:00 PM)

    I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I guess it's always funny until the first white hair appears. Whew, mine is still gray. That was a close one.10++ on the poem. Thanks for the laugh. If you have a chance please read my poem The Old Age Creak (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (3/17/2014 12:18:00 PM)

    Delightful humor and very excellently written, enjoyed the lines and the details of aging. Happy to know at 85 you are still sharp with the wit. (Report) Reply

  • (3/17/2014 8:58:00 AM)

    I love this! How wonderful to still be able to have a great sense of humor at an age when I'm sure everything creaks, groans and hurts! I'm half that age and already starting to feel it! Beautifully done! (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (3/17/2014 5:40:00 AM)

    Great poem Joseph - I am sure many of us can relate to this. Our one consolation is that we are all on the same path. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Reed (3/17/2014 4:57:00 AM)

    Joseph - thanks for this poem - things not affected by your age are your keen mind, wit and the sense that the ills bestowed on you are a natural process but your spirit survives unblemished. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 18, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, March 17, 2014

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