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Growing Old - My Thoughts

Updated on February 28, 2017
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Old age gradually creeps up on us. Little by little etching lines and wrinkles on our skin. The human body can grow old, but the spirit is not affected by age. The spirit in us is always young.

Growing old,

Day by day,

Feeling weak,

Frail and brittle,

Difficult to stand,

Bones groan and creak,

Legs went weak,

Walking, I stumble,

I sigh and heave.

Hands cannot hold,

Weight,

Difficult to hold,

Cannot remember,

January, March or December,

Names, hard to recall,

Cannot hear loud and clear,

Colors black and white,

All faded, in my sight,

Growing old,

Day by day,

Every second,

Hobbling along,

On my way.

Youth in Me

However old,

With miseries untold,

Aches and pains,

Taking stronghold,

No sleep at night,

Or in daylight,

Whatever happens,

Or whatever maybe,

The young spirit in me,

Will live, wild and free.

Old age you mean nothing to me.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Crisp thank you for your visit, vote up and share.

      ChitrangadaSharan thank you and you are so right age is just a number.

      Arun Kanti thank you, we can definitely feel young whatever the age!

      Harishprasad thank you, you have put it so well.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Nithya, in spite of all signs of decay that our body reflects in our old age, our spirit always stays fit and very buxom. We must keep up burning with grace till this candle ( body) has substance. Our light ( relationships and dealings ) and not our body, will tell our story. Great work ! Voted up.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      Although we can't turn back the clock to our twenties at 70 we can still look young if we have the right spirit and positive attitude. Thanks for the interesting hub well presented.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Loved your hub and can relate to it, having passed the golden age myself. Nice presentation with suggestive pictures and beautiful poem.

      As long as one is active, positive, energetic with a fertile mind--age is just a number.

      Thanks for this interesting hub!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Exactly my sentiments Vellur! :)

      Beautiful one and true to the bones. Up and sharing.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      You are young!! Thank you for stopping by.

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      Moesky 4 years ago

      Beautiful - you make me feel soooo young! But then I'm still only a 54 year old youth.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      xstatic thank you and a very Happy New Year to you.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      This is great! I am lucky at my advanced age to really feel little different than I did at 40. I no longer run, but walk a lot and started a yoga class not long ago. As long as the spirit remains young we are alive and vibrant. May your spirit remain young in the New Year!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Paul Kuehn thank your for stopping by. I am happy that you liked my poem. Thanks for vote and sharing too.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Nithya,

      This is a beautiful poem. I especially like the ending where you say the young spirit in me will live wild and free. A person is only as old as his spirit is. Voted up as beautiful and sharing with followers.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      frogyfish frankly I was thinking of myself growing old. You are young and vibrant. Thank you.

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      frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

      Did you think of me when you wrote that - or is it just coincidence? :-)

      Loved your James Garfield saying...I need to keep that one! Thanks for a great poetic expression!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      We all survive on memories as a reminder of what we were and keep going. Your mother was awesome and as young as young could be. Thank you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I know this is true. My mother with Alzheimer's could never believe she was old as she was and thought my dad who had passed on was gallivanting in another state somewhere. I think it must be a survival thing to live on the young thoughts. Huh..well I am making a career on it, lol.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      anupma thank you, you are right our spirit can always be new and full of youth.

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 4 years ago from India

      Beautiful and inspirational poem with nice teachings. Our body can be old with the passage of time, but our spirit and attitude can be always be full of youth and newness.

      Great hub. Voted up, beautiful, interesting and useful.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      KoffeeKlatchGals thank you. Age is nothing when spirit within us is burning bright, thank you.

      Sueswan, Oh yes!! I will not let old age get the better of me, thank you and take care.

      Docmo awesome - "A wrinkle free mind will always overrule the wrinkled skin. The eyes may dim but the spirit will shine." - beautifully expressed!! Thank you.

      Jaye Wisdom Oh yes, totally agree, we do need that philosophy.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I read and loved the poem, then returned to the comments just in time to read Docmo's beautiful words: "A wrinkle free mind will always overrule the wrinkled skin. The eyes may dim but the spirit will shine."

      We all need that philosophy as we age.

      Jaye

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Nithya.. Beautifully said. This ode to old age is a splendid reminder that. A wrinkle free mind will always over rule the wrinkled skin. The eyes may dim but the spirit will shine. Wonderful poetry.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Vellur

      "The young spirit in me,

      Will live, wild and free"

      Great to see that you will not let old age have the upper hand.

      Voted up and away!

      Take care :)

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Loved the ending of the poem. The pictures and quotes were great. To me age means nothing. The alternative to getting older is not one I am ready to explore yet.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Thank you Ruchira. Cheers and have a great day.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      oh yeah, Nithya.

      Let the body grow old, my spirits will always be young.

      Yeehaw on this, my friend!!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      rajan jolly oh yes , the spirit must remain young whatever may come, thank you for your valuable votes.

      Lord de Cross yes, yes let us all kick old age down and have a blast..!!!! Thank you.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Wow! I love that positive spirit at the end! "You old age, don't bend me down. I will kick you down! Can't you see?"

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      An awesome poem, Nithya. Physical ageing cannot be stopped but the spirit must remain young.

      voted up & awesome.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Gypsy Rose Lee, the younger the better!! Thank you and Cheers - let us all get younger - heart and soul!!DDE thank you, being young at heart is the secret of happiness.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An excellent Hub growing old and still young at heart

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. We must always be young at heart. Passing this on. Great sayings.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Movie Master oh yes!! we are as young as we feel. Thank you for your visit and vote.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I loved the poetry and the message - you are as young as you feel!

      Voted up!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      billybuc you are young. As long as the spirit is wild, free and full of youth one can never grow old. Thank you.

      jhamann yes we must face the changes and take it in our stride. Thank you.

      Blossom SB you are right, the spirit should never grow old, thank you.

      Rosemay50 thank you, we should never let old age overtake us. A new body would be great though!!!

      Mhatter may you keep growing stronger each and every day, thank you.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      At 58 I cold still stand toe to toe with a teenager at tennis. God blessed me with a good body and mind. Now. I must pay for those blessings. Each day a poem goes up is one more day.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I love the way you finished this poem. As long as our spirits are young we will never really grow old, just need a new body. Lol

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      The spirit, indeed, should never grow old. A lovely poem that changed and grew as it progressed. Voted it up and beautiful.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      You are right we must keep the right attitude and face the changes with courage. Jamie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You were depressing me early on in the poem; I hope I never get like that although I suspect nature will have something to say about it. However, I love my age now; almost 64 and loving life so, so much. Wonderful poem and message.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345 we must never let age take over our lives, thank you for your insightful comments. Thank you.

      You are so very right every phase of life has it's own advantages, thank you for your wonderful comments and votes.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345 we must never let age take over our lives, thank you for your insightful comments. Thank you.

      You are so very right every phase of life has it's own advantages, thank you for your wonderful comments and votes.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I really like the way you ended this poem, Vellur. A youthful spirit makes wrinkles mean nothing at all. I earned every line on my face, so I learned to live with them and not obsess about the way I look. I feel sad for people who let vanity ruin what should be their"golden" years while they're pining for lost youth. Every phase of life has its advantages. It's up to us to discover and enjoy them. Thanks for a meaningful poem. Voted Up, Awesome and Beautiful. Jaye

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love this! I think you were hearing me this morning and writing my thoughts in this hub. As we age, we begin to slow and things that were once so easy to remember sometimes seem to float away. I love how you ended this poem, we are always young at heart.