I Used'ta - A Poem About Aging

I used ‘ta run

   I used ‘ta play

      I used ‘ta stay outside all day

 

I used ‘ta laugh

   I used ‘ta sing

      I used ‘ta not be scared of anything

 

I used ‘ta brag, I was so bold

   I used ‘ta think I’d never grow old

 

But used ‘ta’s come and used ‘ta’s go

       I’ve learned those things are just not so

 

My eyes now dim

       My strength now gone

The songs I sing, have all been sung

 

Laughter is just a memory

                   Like the little boy I used ‘ta be.

 

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Surabhi Kaura 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Aww... that's such a sweet poem! I like it!


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miss_jkim 6 years ago Author

Thank you. True words spoken by on of my elderly customers.


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shadowdrive 6 years ago from In your mind.

Very awesome. and true.


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miss_jkim 6 years ago Author

Thanks for your kind words shadowdrive.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

It's poignant and sad, but it's not the way aging must be, trust me! Sweet of you to capture that person's feelings about it, though.


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miss_jkim 6 years ago Author

I do believe growing old does not have to be sad or lonely.

The gentelman who shared some of his used'ta's with me did so with humor, but for some reason I detected a deep sadness in his eyes.

That is why I chose to write it this way.


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notquitecorso 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

What a wonderful expression of the process of aging...it kept a light air throughout...but there is that twinge of nostalgia and sadness...so glad I found this.


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miss_jkim 6 years ago Author

Thank you notquitecorso, I'm glad you stopped by.


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miss_jkim 6 years ago Author

Thank you notquitecorso, I'm glad you stopped by.


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BeccaHubbardWoods 6 years ago from Outside your window...

Oh I love this poem! So lighthearted and reminiscent! I'm off to read more from you, right away! : )


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miss_jkim 6 years ago Author

Thanks for your enthusiasm Becca.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Aw, I love this, thanks so much I Usedta brought a big huge smile to my face and let me just say, there is so much more that awaits you and all great adventures, just expect them and make them great in your imagination. Imagination is the preview to lifes coming attractions :)


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miss_jkim 6 years ago Author

Every day is a new and welcome adventure for me. Thanks for your comment, I'm glad it brought you a smile.


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Ms.Dangerous10 6 years ago

o my goodness I love it! It comes off so easy but speaks a strong message... check out my work... Im just a beginner!


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miss_jkim 6 years ago Author

Thank you Ms. Dangerous10, I am glad you enjoyed it and I look forward to reading your work.


akraus 6 years ago

I love the rhythm of this piece! And I love the message. It's bitter-sweet.


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miss_jkim 6 years ago Author

Thank you for your kind words akraus, so glad you enjoyed it.


ralwus 6 years ago

Nice little ditty ya got here. It could be a song. I still am a little boy sometimes, so says my wife. It's nice to read more new poets here.


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miss_jkim 6 years ago Author

Thanks ralwus,

If you've got a tune to go with it, I'm all ears. LOL, it does make one stop and think though.


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SheZoe 5 years ago from Idaho, USA

i really like the child-like way this was written. and i am beginning to relate ;o)


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miss_jkim 5 years ago Author

Thank you SheZoe,

This was actually inspired by an elderly gentleman that came into my office. He started talking about all the things he “used'ta” do and thus the poem was inspired. I'm sure there is much more that could be added, but I felt like it needed to remain "child-like" and simple.

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