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50's and In Love

Updated on August 26, 2013
Middle-Aged Love from kcm76 Source: flickr.com
Middle-Aged Love from kcm76 Source: flickr.com

50’s and In Love

By Tony DeLorger © 2011


It took me by surprise,

like a hard slap across the face,

my hormones leapt from slumber,

and in surging recognition,

reminded me I was still alive,

and my heart worked, if not syncopated.

Oh how I fell,

in love and seventeen again,

with a few minor exceptions.

I am the ‘foreplay man’,

an expert, years of honed skills,

and now with my sleepy hormones awakened,

I am invincible,

three hours or more of tantalising, teasing entree,

relishing the delicate fancies of love.

Then, entangled and pushing forward,

Ahh! Leg cramp,

leaping from my cosy bed.

Shit that hurts, limping back to the covers.

Where were we, ah yes, into a deep passionate kiss.

Position one.

My knee!!

Two weeks after an arthroscopy,

a stinging sensation zings through me,

I roll to the side, legs reaching for the sky.

Mum, can I have that last piece of cake in the fridge?

Shit! Grasping covers in a rather desperate manoeuvre.

Yes! she squeals,

a scarred teenager retreats to the kitchen.

Lock the bloody door! I say.

Sheets settle.

Can we swap sides? My neck’s hurting; it’s the angle.

Rustling sheets, entangled limbs;

what were we doing?

Just give me a minute, she says.

I’m exhausted.

What time is it?

I turn slightly and the spur in my shoulder

reminds me I’m on the wrong side.

It’s 12.45am, I screech, as the pain slowly subsides.

Shit! How will we get up in the morning?

She turns and ever so gently touches my face,

Are you loved up, Sweetheart?

Never, I say in defiance.

Are you tired yet?

I pause................yes.

Goodnight Sweetheart.

I loving kiss and I roll over,

adjusting my CPAP mask.

Darth Vader enters the room.

I squeeze her bum affectionately.

Our hands find each other.

Who’s kidding who?


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      Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks again raciniwa.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      love being 50 and stays the same feeling...

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      Momma Mia 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Doing well Tony! Hope you are as well! I can't wait to read more on this "In Love stuff" Happy Holidays and YAY to happy happy joy joy :D

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      Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      That's sweet Mia. How are you? Hope everything is well with you. take care.

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      Momma Mia 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Splendid write!! Vote ups and such! I every so hope you feel every stinging moment of that In Love stuff ! You so deserve...... Although I would never wish the aging process on anyone ! Cheers !

      Mia

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      Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks all: Martie, sweethearts2, SomewayOuttaHere and mobias. A relatable subject it seems. Life's full of surprises and love is no exception. My conclusion- act like I'm seventeen and hobble around bleary-eyed. It's still worth it. Have a great day all.

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      mobias 5 years ago from Forest Grove, OR

      Funny stuff, thanks for that. I'll be the great and powerful 35 years old in a few days, far from 50, but I am starting to relate to this poem already! -A cautionary tale! Take care your body, and you will be able to take care your wife when you're older! HAHA

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      SomewayOuttaHere 5 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

      good one...thanks for the chuckle this a.m.....are you feelin' better this mornin'?....

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      sweethearts2 5 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      I agree with MartieCoetser - we do develop wisdom and freedom but as you noted not without pain. Voted up and funny.

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      It is quite an adventure: Discovering SELF after 50... enjoying all the wisdom and freedom we never had before.

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      Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you connected rajan. It's something we can all relate to. Thanks for reading.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Tony, you had me laughing in splits. I can vouch for the facts. At my age, I know.

      I liked it. Voted up and awesome.

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      Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Paul, glad you connected. Thanks for reading.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      A great hub! It's even better when you are in your 60s and in love!

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      Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Bloget, glad you did.

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      Bloget 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I like!

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