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Fudge

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CRANKY OLD MAN
« on: September 02, 2010, 07:56 PM »
I was sent this poem and thought I would share it with you all

What do you see

Cranky Old Man
When a old man died in the geriatic ward of a nursing home in Country NSW, It was believed that he had nothing left of any value.
Later when nurses were going through his meagre possessions,they found this poem.
Its quality and contentso impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.
One nurse took her copy to Melbourne.
And this old man with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonoymos' poem winging across the Internet.

CRANKY OLD MAN

What do you see nurse ? ..................... What do you see
What are you thinking    ...................... When your 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 a 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 youreyes nurse  ...............  Your 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 leep
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 grow 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 love one and mee.

Dark days are upon me ................. My wife is now dead.
I look to 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.
Im now an old man  .................... and nature is cruel.

Its jest to make old age .............  look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles    .............  grace and vigar, depart,
There is now a stone   ...............  Where I once had a heart.
But inside this this old carcass .....  A young man still dwells,
And now and again    .................. my battered heart swills
I remember the joys  .................. I remember the pain.
And Im loving and living .............. For ever again.

I think of the years ................... all too few gone so fast.
And accept the shark 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 with out looking at the young soul within .. we will all, one day, bee there too !
The best and most beautiful things of this world can't be seen or touched.
They must be felt by the heart. Fudge

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Re: CRANKY OLD MAN
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2010, 01:48 PM »
What a lovely poem, Fudge, and so very true. I`m going to keep that... Nan

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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2010, 09:42 PM »
That poem really moved me so thanks

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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2010, 05:39 AM »
Hi
        Where were you, if you are old enough 71 years ago yesterday at 11-0-clock. I was out side the main gate at Belle vue trying to get in and the lady in the box told me to get back home anybody guess why.                                                                                                    herby

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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2010, 06:12 AM »
Hi Herby --  I know why but just lets see if they know  the answer --They should, for it certainly changed a few peoples lives --Jayess

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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2010, 08:44 AM »
You're only given a little spark of madness, don't waste it!

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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2010, 08:57 AM »
Hi Fudge,  Thanks for the memory-jerker, first saw this poem about 16 years ago, under the title 'Crabby old man' - it's in some old college work up in my loft somewhere. However, I've found this lovely narration on Youtube.   :)

Poem brought to life
You're only given a little spark of madness, don't waste it!