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I Used'ta - A Poem About Aging

Updated on July 31, 2013

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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      miss_jkim 7 years ago

      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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      SheZoe 7 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 7 years ago

      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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      ralwus 7 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 7 years ago

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

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      akraus 7 years ago

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

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      miss_jkim 7 years ago

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

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      Ms.Dangerous10 7 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!

    • miss_jkim profile image
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      miss_jkim 7 years ago

      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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      katiem2 7 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 7 years ago

      Thanks for your enthusiasm Becca.

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      Becca Hubbard-Woods 7 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 7 years ago

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

    • miss_jkim profile image
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      miss_jkim 7 years ago

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

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      notquitecorso 7 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 7 years ago

      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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      Nellieanna Hay 7 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 7 years ago

      Thanks for your kind words shadowdrive.

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      shadowdrive 7 years ago from In your mind.

      Very awesome. and true.

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      miss_jkim 7 years ago

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

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      Surabhi Kaura 7 years ago

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

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