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Aging Not So Gracefully but Defying it All the Way

by Sandy M. Humphrey

While we age not so gracefully
Me with all my aches and pains
Joints that bend only if forced some days
You with your gray and silver mane
Shaking the numb fist at destiny
I cannot help but be amused
That our outsides do not match
What we think and feel on the inside
I see you looking at me with those blue
Eyes crinkled and amusement of a boy
Dancing across your thoughts
I ask you how old are you today
And if I were to guess by your actions
Maybe ten, or seventeen but not fifty
Not you…maybe your body says you are
But it is your spirit that will keep you young

Laughing at me as I dare to dance to
A song playing on the computer in the next room
In your head imagine me as the girl who would
Twirl in front of you many moons ago
And we can only hope that the thoughts
We are having will not kill us in the end.


Author's Note: DJ's on the radio asked for Valentine's Manifesto of Love Songs, Dr. Hook's "A Little Bit More" comes to mind and yes lived, loved it wore his t-shirt the next morning but it might kill us if we tried it now. :)

Posted on 02/17/2009
Copyright © 2023 Sandy M. Humphrey

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 02/18/09 at 02:20 AM

Excellent reflection of title in the text Sandy. Thanks for the smile these lines especially brought me: I cannot help but be amused That our outsides do not match. A truly timeless piece I'm sure all middle aged couples will relate to.

Posted by Genevieve Sturrock on 02/18/09 at 03:19 AM

lovely. just lovely...and i chuckle to think that it might be nice to die trying

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 02/20/09 at 08:20 PM

Yes, timeless verse. Seems that age is simply a period of life in which we compound for the vices that we still cherish by reviling those that we no longer have the enterprise to commit. Thanks.

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 02/23/09 at 02:42 PM

I agree wih Lori- my outside iis MUCH older than my inside. My mind is still stuck somewhere in the mid '60's, never to be found again. great piece of work!

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