TD. Kumar

Salute To Sunset Of Age - Poem by TD. Kumar

Salute to sunset of age
Cherish that you didn't die before this mellow stage
A seasoned autumn which may be extended by a little care
There are many blessings of this ripe age.

All except some diseases and disability link with senior age
Can strike us at any age
Stiffness of joint and brittleness of bones and serious dementia
Can be prevented, even cured by excercise, medication and meditation and by avoiding body and mind's inertia.

Some seniors become richer and without onerous responsibility
Of marriage of children and their education's liability
With no burden of carrier or ambition they have time for creative activity, socializing and social work
Teaching not advising in an interesting manner and playing with kids is a distinct possibility

Each senior is a library of information, training and practical experience
They have a gold mine often untapped, in some sense
It is the young, who are the losers pushing them in a lonely corner,
In family or institution, waiting for death with numb religious fervor

They have lots to share, contribute and make a difference
Nature gives them freedom from entanglement
The possibility of spiritual presence
Their snow kept head and wrinkles on face is a symbol of maturity of judgment

This is an age to celebrate the autumn of 'Mellow fruitfulness'
To increase their meditative and spiritual richness
You are only as old as you think you are
We should honor their golden tender fullness

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 10, 2012

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