We Are As Old As We Think We Are

With your hair turning grey,

And your eyes slightly dim,

Those eyes still as green as the sea.

I feel the same,

When you look at me now.

As l did when you first looked at me.


With your lop-sided grin and one missing tooth,

I remember the feeling l had...Where was the tooth?

I wondered within, but l didn't dare to ask.


With your thunderous Welsh voice

That changes for me, into gentle, soft whispers

of love.

And your strong, but rough hands which over

the years have slowly become softened.


The heavy wood that made your hands rough,

does not feature so much in our lives.

But l'll always remember that wonderful smell

Fresh sawdust as l watched you work.

And your lopsided grin, smiling at me.

"Nearly done, ........Won't be long....."" We'll see.

Your sense of time was different from mine,

I'd grown up with punctuality..



A Lady, l was and my poor, gentle dad,

When l took you home....Rough with long hair,

The still missing tooth.......

Oh How my gentleman dad worried about me.

With the passing of time and the horrors of cancer,

If only he could see you now.!

With your hair turning grey and soft

gentle hands and those green eyes,

Still looking at me.


He'd have to admit, He was wrong about you,

Though l never blamed him for caring.

His only daughter in a house full of sons,

And , no doubt remembering that HE was

once ONE.


Oh the love that l feel as we're still together,

Is stronger than a ship bearing barnacles.!!!!!

Nothing and no-one could tear me from you,

Only God could do that when the time comes,


So l'll trust in Him and what He has planned,

For now, l am happy to still hold your hand.

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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh how beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Up and more and sharing. Hugs, Faith Reaper


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Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain Author

Bless you, Faith Reaper.

Thanks so much.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Very beautiful work here my friend. I just had this conversation with Bev the other night. I am sixty-six...soon to be seventy. I feel about fifty physically....I think about twenty-five intellectually....I have the emotions of a fifteen year old. I don't know what damn age I am. LOL


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Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thanks for such a great comment. My husband and l have the same dilema, apart from physically, since we moved back to Britain we creak like people of 100 yrs.


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Ruchira 2 years ago from United States

This is so beautiful. Age gotta be just a number cause we are all cause of our memories and thoughts!


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I liked your title, Dim, and loved this poetry.

Oh the love that l feel as we're still together,

Is stronger than a ship bearing barnacles.!!!!!

This is strength of love in the passing of time that only grows stronger in its affection and devotion. Not many can say this, Dim. :-)

Beautiful work.


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Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you Ruchira for a lovely comment.


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Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi Genna

l'm thrilled that you liked this.

l am not one to get all soppy , but l sure appreciate what a long lasting love means.

Thank you so much.


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VVanNess 2 years ago from Prescott Valley

What a beautiful way to express love that lasts for a lifetime. :) Beautiful job!


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Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi there VVanNess. Thank you very much for your comment.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello the strength in this piece really stands out. It exemplifies the graceful form love evolves to over time.


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Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain Author

l love your comment. It's just how l feel. Thank you.


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Micky Dee 2 years ago

Awesomely beautiful. I'm older than the dirt.


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Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain Author

Your expression "older than dirt" has me laughing.

Thank you for the awesome /beautiful comment.

Love you man, as always.

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