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On Aging

Rating: 4.5
When you see me sitting quietly,
Like a sack left on the shelf,
Don’t think I need your chattering.
I’m listening to myself.
Hold! Stop! Don’t pity me!
Hold! Stop your sympathy!
Understanding if you got it,
Otherwise I’ll do without it!
When my bones are stiff and aching,
And my feet won’t climb the stair,
I will only ask one favor:
Don’t bring me no rocking chair.
When you see me walking, stumbling,
Don’t study and get it wrong.
‘Cause tired don’t mean lazy
And every goodbye ain’t gone.
I’m the same person I was back then,
A little less hair, a little less chin,
A lot less lungs and much less wind.
But ain’t I lucky I can still breathe in.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: aging
COMMENTS
Charlie 08 January 2021
Hi, Just a question,
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Pontso Mahooa 25 November 2020
A beautiful poem about aging and embracing all that comes with it. Letting the world know there is no need for society to show sympathy to the elderly just because they have aged. It rather persuades to acknowledge how much a gift it is to be old and still breathing
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Suresh Kumar Ek 05 September 2020
no need of sympathy.good art
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Rajnish Manga 06 April 2020
Aging is an essential element of life but it does change the outlook of those around us. The poem reflects upon these behavioral changes- very humane and just. Thanks.
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Kumarmani Mahakul 06 April 2020
It is a well crafted poem on aging by Maya Angeleu.
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Dr Antony Theodore 06 April 2020
I’m the same person I was back then, A little less hair, a little less chin, A lot less lungs and much less wind. But ain’t I lucky I can still breathe in. life and youth and aging.. a fine poem. tony
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Sylvia Frances Chan 06 April 2020
Poem On Aging: So cutest and clear and crispy so honest and crearted with words well meant Old people do not need pity, they are the same as before only in all a little less Well captured poem and aptly worded by the great poetess Maya Angelou. These are her true and honest words, being On Aging needs no pitiness. CONGRATULATIONS on being chosen as the Modern Poem Of THe Day. Also to the close family of the late poetess. Thank you for sharing.
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Dominic M. Windram 06 April 2020
Wonderfully incisive meditation on the trials and tribulations of growing old; courtesy of the inimitable Mary Angelou.
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Sy Wong. 06 April 2020
'But ain't I lucky I can still breathe in.'
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Mahtab Bangalee 06 April 2020
I’m the same person I was back then, A little less hair, a little less chin, A lot less lungs and much less wind. But ain’t I lucky I can still breathe in......../// always well crafted and exclusive expressed; love her every expression///
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