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Thursday, July 26, 2012

CRANKY OLD MAN POEM

CRANKY DID NOT WRITE THIS POEM

My Cranky Old Man blog has recently experienced a major uptick in Google hits.  At first I assumed that my talent was finally catching on with the world, but I now realize that these hits are all attempts to find a poem by a crabby old man that has gone semi-viral.  As a public service to all those looking for this poem on my blog-site, here it is:

The story claims this poem was found in the hospital room of a recently deceased old man in Australia.  I would like to take credit for it except that would mean I was no longer above ground.

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 . . . ..my 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!

I did not write this!  But I am a Cranky Old Man.   

Come back to this site for my own cranky wit and wisdom; or check out previous cranky old man posts before you leave.

Thx,

cranky

8 comments:

  1. What a touching poem. It sure does make you think.

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  2. OK....sniff...Cranky...Damn...sniff

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  3. This is the third or fourth time I've seen it this week and I wasn't even looking for it

    Thanks

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  4. Yes, this poem is certainly making the rounds.

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  5. Ummm now I have to think twice when calling the Mr. "A cranky old man" ...even though he is...

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  6. ah, what a wonderful poem! I'm glad you put it up - even if it isn't yours:)

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  7. So very true - thanks for sharing even if you didn't write it !!!

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