Ogden Nash

(August 19, 1902 – May 19, 1971 / New York / United States)

Old Men - Poem by Ogden Nash

People expect old men to die,
They do not really mourn old men.
Old men are different. People look
At them with eyes that wonder when…
People watch with unshocked eyes;
But the old men know when an old man dies.


Comments about Old Men by Ogden Nash

  • (12/27/2016 12:23:00 PM)

    tom allport
    this is the trouble with people, no understanding that one day they will get old (Report) Reply

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  • (1/19/2014 8:37:00 AM)


    Such a dreadful truth. (Report) Reply

  • (11/7/2013 12:08:00 AM)


    This poem is quoted in the film A Late Quartet, read by a child in the New York subway train. It is very poignant and moving in the context of the film. (Report) Reply

  • (10/25/2009 11:08:00 AM)


    This old man has no surprise
    When people watch with unshocked eyes.
    (Report) Reply

    (3/27/2018 3:51:00 PM)

    We old men understand!

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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