Jasbir Chatterjee

Gold Star - 13,261 Points (4 March 1966 / Delhi)

Being 49, Reaching 50... - Poem by Jasbir Chatterjee

I am 49,
Going on 50.

I ought to take it easy,
Just be content and let life flow
Like a stream moving slow.

But the whirlpool of life
Keeps me hurtling
Around; and I keep applying.

Recently an opening cropped up.
For me, it was unbelievably perfect.
Someone from their office called for a chat.

In the end the lady
Said, “Oh, I am sorry.
We did not look properly.

We are looking for people in their 30s and you are 49,
Going on 50.'

A few days later, another job opening cropped up.
For me, it was unbelievably perfect.
More leisure time, more money, better work environment...

One round
Led to another round.
In the final round, they said, “We will contact you if you qualify.”

That call has still not come, I doubt if it will come.
I think it has something to do with the wrinkles around my eyes,
The creases around my lips when I smile.

My being 49,
Going on 50.

But am not giving up; I refuse to take it easy,
Just be content and let life flow
Like a stream moving slow.

Because the whirlpool of life
Keeps me hurtling
Around; and I keep applying.

Topic(s) of this poem: old age

Form: Prose Poem


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem is about age related prejudices in work places

Comments about Being 49, Reaching 50... by Jasbir Chatterjee

  • Khaoula BastyKhaoula Basty (2/1/2016 11:06:00 AM)

    your poem has a sadness tune but under that sound there is power and optimisim! well penned keep going :) (Report)Reply

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  • Asoke Kumar MitraAsoke Kumar Mitra (1/13/2016 12:32:00 PM)

    beautiful write. very interesting subject............but heart wrenching. (Report)Reply

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  • Jasbir ChatterjeeJasbir Chatterjee (8/3/2015 12:34:00 AM)

    Thank you, Rajnishji, for your wonderful comments. I truly appreciate them. Sound of music is an all-time favorite movie and will always remain like this for generations to come. (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (8/2/2015 9:43:00 PM)

    The title of the poem reminds me of a movie The sound of music which was released exactly 50 years ago. I consider it as one of the greatest movies of all times. It is as robust today as it was at the time of its release. (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (8/2/2015 9:32:00 PM)

    This is indeed a very candid narration of the goings on which have the potential to destabilise a man. But with your gritty nature, you cannot be bogged down as you have aptly pointed out: But am not giving up; I refuse to take it easy, / Just be content and let life flow (Report)Reply

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  • Jasbir ChatterjeeJasbir Chatterjee (7/25/2015 1:57:00 AM)

    Thanks, Fabrizio for your comment. I don't understand Italian so I looked it up in Google. This was what I found: Time passes fast.. you turn around and it's already gone. Thanks once again for helping me internationalize this poem. (Report)Reply

    Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini(7/25/2015 3:19:00 AM)

    dear Jasbir, I didn't realize to have written those words in my language.. when I'm tired it may happen.. :) But I've found your poetry a very interesting one. You are really a good poet and I enjoyed reading your writes. Thank you so much for sharing

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  • C. P. SharmaC. P. Sharma (7/24/2015 7:16:00 AM)

    Lovely poem in a lighter vein. (Report)Reply

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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (7/24/2015 6:03:00 AM)

    il tempo scorre veloce.. ti volti ed è già scomparso... :) (Report)Reply

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  • Sekharan PookkatSekharan Pookkat (7/11/2015 9:10:00 AM)

    Half of a mile is yet to be born
    102 has elected as vice president in India - cheer up
    and do not bother about wrinkles
    nice penning - thanks for sharing - wishes from 65
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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 3, 2015

Poem Edited: Saturday, July 4, 2015


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