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

  • Tom Allport (12/27/2016 12:23:00 PM)

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

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  • Smoky HossSmoky Hoss (1/19/2014 8:37:00 AM)

    Such a dreadful truth. (Report)Reply

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  • Paul Kamill (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

    gwbnyc(9/4/2019 10:10:00 AM)

    it’s five lines of infinite dignity.

    I would go as it is written, granted the wherewithal.

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  • Frank V. Gardner (10/25/2009 11:08:00 AM)

    This old man has no surprise
    When people watch with unshocked eyes.
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    Grandpa(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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