If You Live To Get Old Poem by Panagiota Romios

If You Live To Get Old

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If You Live to Get Old

Dedicated to my Father, of
Blessed Memory!

If You Live to Get Old...

Yet, you retain, your youthful
heart,
Zowie~ you have an enormous
start!
Sure, your rooftop may turn
gray.
But to you, each day is but 
another chance to truly play!

You do anything you darn well
please.
You are the last to be cleaning 
out cabinets on your sore knees.
Sure, you have pain of all kinds,
Comes with the territory, pay it
no mind.

My Father refused to go to the
Doc's! (three cheers, Dad)
He lived long and extended his
life clock.
He always did things for others
No matter the weather.

Bet he's in heaven now~wearing 
a smile, and elegant Borsellino 
hat with an exquisite feather.
And driving his favorite car, the Cadillac,
with gorgeous, elegant soft leather.

My Father~ a man who loved life,
jokes, family, great music, food and yes~
playing the ponies,
at Arlington Park Race Track.
Later, his granddaughter was the
star and love of his life!

So, if you get to grow old,
Create fun and enjoy it.
Do not be morose, be happy and
outrageously bold!
And always follow Whitman's
advice:
" Resist much; obey, little!
Then~~ it's a blast, growing old.

June 20,2019

Panagiota Romios

Thursday, June 20, 2019
Topic(s) of this poem: father daughter
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Alan Sandham 21 January 2020

Excellent advice, but I don't expect to take my Borsalino with me.

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Panagiota Romios 21 January 2020

Actually, I have his Borsalino. It was only my imagination that he is wearing one now.

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Jane Campion 06 August 2019

A wonderful Ode to your father.

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Panagiota Romios 07 August 2019

Jane, dad was wonderful to all people of all ages. He made up poems for me when I was young.. PS, excuse misspellings I make, I can't go back and correct them on my device, sorry.

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Chinedu Dike 25 June 2019

A beautiful memorial to a wonderful dad, well articulated and elegantly crafted with conviction. An insightful creation, very heartfelt. Thanks for sharing, Panagiota.

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Panagiota Romios 25 June 2019

My father deserved tis tribute and more, Chinedu. He shared his heart and money with anyone in need of it. quite a humanist, thank you..Panagiota

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Kim Barney 22 June 2019

I have done it, Panagiota! I have lived to grow old, and so has Wes Vogler, whose comment is below. Wes is a great guy. You really should read his comic strip " Early Days with Oogie" . Wes is a very talented artist and cartoonist, and writes a limerick to accompany each strip!

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Panagiota Romios 22 June 2019

Kim, I have done it, like you and Wes! We are blessed to grow old. I have trouble locating poets on the site. I can't explain it. I usually have to go to search engine to find them, , , it's silly sounding but the format here confuses m Panagiota thank you.

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Wes Vogler 21 June 2019

You have a good handle on life from the sounds of it, My dad always said take as little abuse as possible and try to harm no one ... this has always worked for me for 89 years and counting. Hope to hear more from you

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Panagiota Romios 21 June 2019

I did reply in the wrong place! Sorry it's listed with other comments about your limerick. Panagiota, new learner, -)) sorry for my confusion,

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