Sunday, February 22, 2015

Poetry Sunday

At the risk of coming across as a bit of a downer for the day, I have to say I really liked this poem, and ... every day ... I appreciate its meaning a little more ...

A Difference of Fifty-Three Years
by Noel Peattie

Here is a magazine called Seventeen.
It comes out on the stands every month.
The girl on each cover is welcome
as cherry pie; she's tubbed, pure,
her hair is up, or ribboned.
Her life is all dresses,
parties, and little pink wishes.
She says to the world, Oh hurry,
hurry up, please, and it does.

Here is a man about seventy.
Why isn't there a journal called Seventy?
Because he isn't as welcome;
because nobody wants to be like him.
He says to the world, Slow down;
my flat feet can't keep up with you.
He whispers, I'm still alive.

But it doesn't slow down, the world.
It keeps on hurrying; for, see there,
an impatient virgin is waiting.

(Every day, an old man is buried).
Every month, there's another young girl.

Before you make the comment, the AARP magazine doesn't count!

Have a good day. Enjoy life at whatever age you are, because you only get to do it once.

More thoughts tomorrow.



Big Sky Heidi said...

It us a sad poem. But it makes a point. Enjoy life however old you are.

Gonzo Dave said...

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?

eViL pOp TaRt said...

A very pensive poem. Robert Browning did write "Grow old with me; the best is yet to be."

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

Could a mag entitled Thirty Five sell?

Anemone said...

Be nice to everyone, including people of a different generation.