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09-30-2013 12:38 AM

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When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town,
it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.
Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem.
Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every
nurse in the hospital.

One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.

And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem winging across the Internet.


Cranky Old Man

What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you’re looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food .. . ... . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . .’I do wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . ... lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking?. .Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .you’re not looking at me.
I’ll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he’ll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me . . to see I don’t mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. ...Babies play ‘round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.
I look at the future … . . . . I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . And the love that I’ve known.
I’m now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
It’s jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. .... . ME!!


Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too!

The best and most beautiful things of this world can’t be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart!

I found the above on FaceBook and just Had to share it with Y’all…

I hope you enjoyed like I did…
If you didn’t like it, I feel sorry for you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#1 posted 09-30-2013 02:12 AM

Excellent post,Thank you Joe.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#2 posted 09-30-2013 02:56 AM

Joe, that’s very heart warming and so true.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 09-30-2013 07:07 AM

Thanks Joe,

Good reminder of our humanity.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#4 posted 10-01-2013 01:29 AM

Hmmmmmmmm, fast approaching those twilight years myself…......

Good post…........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 10-01-2013 01:46 AM

Very good Joe thanks for sharing this.

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#6 posted 10-01-2013 05:51 AM

Joe, thank you for posting this as it is beautiful in so many different ways!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 10-01-2013 02:29 PM

That slid my feet.


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#8 posted 10-01-2013 09:41 PM

Yes, thnx Joe

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 10-01-2013 09:50 PM


Kinda makes you think.
Life seems a little ironic some of the time.

Thanks for the post

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#10 posted 10-03-2013 01:12 PM

That was a nice read Joe

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#11 posted 10-06-2013 06:25 PM

Dave, doubleDD, glad you enjoyed it.

Danr, Yes, it does make you think a little doesn’t it…?

Bill White, Hope you didn’t injure yourself… LOL

oldnovice, glad you liked it… glad it moved your brain cells differently causing good results… You’re welcome!

Roger, A1Jim, Jim Bertelson, MarkTheFiddler, distrbd Ken, you’re welcome.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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