A Candid View On Aging Poem by Joseph Anderson

A Candid View On Aging

Rating: 4.8


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 OF THE POEM
Kathryn Mahan 18 March 2014

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

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Colleen Courtney 17 March 2014

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!

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Cynthia Buhain-baello 17 March 2014

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.

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Maryanne Richards 17 March 2014

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.

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Jasbir Chatterjee 17 March 2014

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...

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Prabir Gayen 26 July 2020

My heartbeat is irregular And, likewise are my bowels; My appetite has flown the coop While my nervous stomach growls...fine piece of poetry..10++

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Prabir Gayen 22 February 2019

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...superb

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Sylvia Frances Chan 30 September 2018

THE FIFTH AND LAST PART: On this Poem Hunter poem site poets oft give 10´s for the voting and rating and I give you milliard of 10´s dear Joseph.since you deserve the most. Writing is perpetually my greatest business but I also give lectures to students and since 1992, due to my beloved Mum, I got the certificate for an evangelist. GOD loves YOU, Joseph. With the best regards from Sylvia Frances Chan from The Netherlands, West-Europe.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 30 September 2018

THE FOURTH PART: On Poetfreak I like your words very much, but you are a devotional poet through and through, dear Joseph. Happiest to have met you again here on Poem Hunter. I thank the Lord Almighty that this has occurred now Sunday the 1st of October at 2.55 hrs AM West-European Time, since I reside in the Netherlands. At your place it is still Saturday. God is Greatest and He is the One I love very much.like you do.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 30 September 2018

This is the THIRD PART: Greatest respect and appreciations from me that you have submitted this poem again at 89. WOW! I oft pray to the Lord that I want to write poems too like you, such loveliest age and still alert about your wealthy being despite the aging things belonging to the self.

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