Valsa George


Precautions For Advancing Years - Poem by Valsa George

Each time I feel I am growing old
And directly or indirectly of it, I am told,
I tell myself-‘What is gone cannot be retrieved'
Though to me, old has ever been and always gold

You cannot reverse time's swift current
In its wake come sudden changes many
In dress, manners, concepts, values and what not
Do not oppose change, though it may annoy

With progressive intensity and constancy
You will lose your wit, sense and sight
So think before you speak, look before you leap
Lest you head into deep trouble straight

Friends, colleagues and even your own children
May grow disrespectful and indifferent
And may not consult you in matters vital
But try not to see it as a serious affront.

Weakness of the body will lead you to irritation
But control yourself and try to keep cool
If annoyed, keep away from the scene, do not interfere
‘Live and let live'- may it be the guiding rule

Eat not everything that tempts your palate
Control your food and restrain your urge
For your digestive system may break down
And you may soon become a pestering scourge!

Within your body may dwell a spirit, still so agile
(Though with age, your torso grows consistently frail)
Prompting you to youthful acts and deeds of daring
But remember, one false step can land you in peril

If your eyesight is not seriously impaired
Into the pages of good books you leisurely pore
They will open new worlds and amuse n' delight
And you'll never find those timeless tomes a bore

Or if you can string words in some coherent order
With weird fancies and a little imagination to accompany
Write poetry! Then none will see you an intruder
Wedded to solitude, you'll never groan for company!

Once with the Muse, nothing will ever disturb you
On fancy's wings, to magic lands you can easily commute
Swim across an ocean, climb a mountain or elope with a damsel,
Lost to the world, to all its fret n' fever…. so blissfully lost!

Topic(s) of this poem: life


Comments about Precautions For Advancing Years by Valsa George

  • Robert Murray Smith (6/9/2018 9:50:00 PM)

    Age spends itself with no change left. Great write Valsa.++10 (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (1/21/2016 11:59:00 AM)

    With advance age, changes are bound to occur within us as well as in the behaviour of others so far as they relate to us. As such, this is a stage when we need to re-calibrate ourselves.
    In dress, manners, concepts, values and what not
    Do not oppose change, though it may annoy
    So think before you speak, look before you leap
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  • Akhtar Jawad (11/16/2014 8:32:00 PM)

    You have inspired me to write a poem and I am writing a few lines of the expected child as a comment-
    Brain leads to precautions and preventions,
    Heart says I have cure within me,
    Man is a blended with emotions and passions,
    Age is a model of mature within me.
    A nice poem...............10
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  • Dinesh Nair (11/7/2014 5:20:00 AM)

    Life is obviously a journey to death......
    Still we can make the journey longer and more pleasant as the destination here is not that promising.
    The strength of your poem its openness in cordially out the ordeals of ageing and you have reminded many of your PH friends of the dos and donts to be considered while finishing the race of a gifted life. The only weakness of this poem [ if at all I have to refer to ] is its hypothetically diametric and presumably generalised attribution of an apprehensive equation of the so called ageing experience. Man irrespective of things commonly known to him, tends to be erratic about his eating habits and unaccountably fails in meeting the concerns of old age. Therefore alone, perhaps death surprises us and leaves us helpless. But despite all the care and the precautions taken, what next? It is a void of silent suffering still awaiting us as death has no substitution.
    Tajudeen Shah has rightly commented on the universality of the theme of the poem and its structural excellence and Kevin Patrick has drawn attention to its element of thoughtfulness. Further comments will be of no effect as such.
    Whatever be the measures taken, we see a world around us where men and women kick their buckets timely and untimely much to our surprise and shock with the only relief of learning from Shelley`s observation ' DEATH IS THE GREATEST LEVELLER. We have to spend our evening in all merry without excitement as the night ahead has got nothing to gift us with except its chill and absolute silence..
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  • (11/6/2014 12:11:00 AM)

    Dearest Valsa I thoroughly enjoyed this inspirational, witty and insightful poem, perfectly written, on an important subject. (Report)Reply

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  • Daniel Brick (11/5/2014 4:11:00 PM)

    I love the last two stanzas in which you give a perfectly reasonable and strikingly liberated rationale for poetry writing. Unlike the many actions and activities you warn about earlier in the poem, poetry writing does not have those perils. The body justs sits and takes dictation from the Imagination which does all the heavy lifting.
    I certainly don't LIKE TO THINK about ageing, but... As Beethoven wrote above the theme of the last movement of his last string quartet - MUST IT BE SO? and then in the next measure YES, IT MUST BE SO.
    Only a few beats separate the question from the answer. And so it goes..
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  • Kevin Patrick (11/4/2014 3:51:00 PM)

    You provide an excellent summary on the trials and tribulations of the bane of mortals, growing old. When reading this I could not help but get a mixture of melancholy mixed with humor, your words painted some harsh truths but at the same time they are amusing, (especially the eating stanza, you can be any age and indulge just a little to much,) . But no matter how melancholy your subject was, for me the humor and determinism were stronger. Perhaps you might loose your looks, and wits and even guile, but if you still have your sense of humor, perhaps that will help ebb the tide of time. An excellent poem marked by a thoughtfulness that makes one think. A keeper (Report)Reply

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  • Tajudeen Shah (11/2/2014 10:47:00 PM)

    Dear ValsaJi, I am very sad and worried about not the poem, its style or content, its purpose or powerful permeation into my thought domain, then what? I feel like you have defeated me with a very specific plan, a well-woven, premeditated strategy. Last two days, I have been boiling this thought within me, not about getting old, or the carefulness to maintain, or the cautions, and negatives that one might expect, it was all the opposite, But, here reading your verse makes me sad, my SELF is asking me not to pen now. hahah, smile.
    Well, anyways, your poem reveals the absolute realities of human generations as they march ahead the varied seasons of nature unto the absolute abode; grave This has turned a shocking reminder to all who are lucky to read this wonderful piece of severe poesy. I still love to think over, and add my version of thought to it, but trying to be moderate lest your admirers might puff me off unto oblivion with their fret-gust.
    (request, i was sad noticing that some of my verses were not read or reviewed by even my limited fellow poets. what i did, took just 4 lines from one of my old poems, and developed it to establish a universal pain/complain. posted, please read twice and comment sharp and honest how you feel. Would highly appreciate your soul set while reading) 'Perseverance Measuring'. thanks and rgds.
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    Valsa George(11/3/2014 6:38:00 AM)

    As ever you have impressed me with your beautiful and elaborate comment and thanks a lot! Don't get discouraged from writing a poem on the same topic if you have been brooding over such a poem! When two people write on the same topic, the outcome will be totally different and each will have its own unique charm! So go ahead

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  • Geetha Jayakumar (10/31/2014 11:18:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem Valsa. I agree with all the information you have messaged through this poem. Really, its the best time to follow ones hobby and stay away from any unwanted talks. Writing poem is the best way, or reading where our mind is always kept engaged, rather than just sitting and watching anything in T.V. Special care for diet and not to indulge in any daring activities. Beautiful message and loved the way you presented it. (Report)Reply

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  • Amitava Sur (10/30/2014 7:06:00 AM)

    A lovely informative poem with a view to lead a peaceful life.Before saying or acting on an issue to think in a patient way. Never to lose passion and not to get perturbed anyway. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/29/2014 5:31:00 PM)

    Each time I feel I am growing old, this is definite truth in life. But I the self remain energetic. Very wonderful poem composed and shared. Nicely penned with inspiration. (Report)Reply

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  • Hazel Durham (10/29/2014 9:57:00 AM)

    Inspirational write with great insight and sound advice to never lose our passion for life and poetry is food for our souls!
    Great write!
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  • Hazel Durham (10/29/2014 9:57:00 AM)

    Inspirational write with great insight and sound advice to never lose our passion for life and poetry is food for our souls!
    Great write!
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  • (10/29/2014 3:07:00 AM)

    poem for aged...reminder for youth....a poem for all.....great work (Report)Reply

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  • (10/28/2014 12:48:00 PM)

    A very inspiring piece scripted diligently with really wonderful lines......Valsa......amazing write...every line
    touching and inspiring.....10/10
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  • (10/28/2014 9:44:00 AM)

    A relevant poem on old age and how to spend the life through values. (Report)Reply

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  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (10/28/2014 6:16:00 AM)

    Advice for advancing age are beautifully put together.
    your own children..may not consult you in matters vital
    There is no matter where the old can advise the youth. In fact at times old need to consult the young. But old think that they need to be consulted, which may be a wrong expectation..
    Within your body may dwell a spirit, still so agile
    The spirit still says. Playing a game, the spirit orders the body to jump leading to a disaster. Take a slow step and follow the advice.
    Write poetry!
    Beautiful advice. I think that is what I am doing. Hope to follow it and enjoy the years.
    Thank you.
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  • Paul Sebastian (10/28/2014 5:38:00 AM)

    A lovely counsel for those who are gracing sunset years. Thank you. (Report)Reply

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  • Diane Hine (10/28/2014 4:34:00 AM)

    It's also a good idea to have an easy hands-on hobby like paper-folding or knitting or something in case your mind goes before your body. Great advice delivered in a pleasing poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/28/2014 4:03:00 AM)

    wonderful insight...... words fail (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Poem Edited: Tuesday, October 28, 2014


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