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Old Age--A Haiku

Updated on January 17, 2012

Retired from career,

Time does not appear to fly.

What do I perform?



Bones are delicate,

Sight becomes debilitate,

Mass getting fragile.



Consort left abode,

Feel rejected, neglected

How will I exist?



Life HAD energy,

Living WAS high-spirited,

Vivacious and brisk.



Sitting all alone,

Waiting for someone to knock,

Until lungs breathe last.

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

      Very vivid picture of how old age affects us. Great haikus.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      yup, thelyricwriter. That's the tragedy that I am scared of too :(

      thanks for stopping by...appreciate it.

      haha thanks Linda. Either way, it was good to see you :) cheers!

      cool Vincent. Wishing you the best and may age never take a toll on your body. cheers!

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      Yes age is creeping in on me as well, a few stiff joints and that's about it. Getting out and about with friends, exercise and proper diet keeps ones mind and body healthy at the same time. Lovely Haiku now I think I will go take a nap. zzzzzzz LOL just kidding, I'm going for a jog.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This hub just made me feel a lot younger! Or older. Not quite sure, but it was good!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Ruchira, wow! This was deep, all the way to the end. Kind of scary I must admit. I just hope I don't pass alone. Nobody should ever be alone.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      haha...no way Alocsin.

      You are way to young to be old, my friend!

      your profound hubs are such a treasure and speak volumes of your intelligence.

      Cheers!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Relating more and more to this haiku as I get older. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      beautifully expressed dear PEggy. What more can I say...you covered all the arenas, my friend.

      Thank you for your priceless comment...cheers!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is a wake up call that our mortal life is indeed limited and that time flies until we (assuming we live that long) get old and fragile and decrepid. We can only hope that we have loved ones to attend to us when we get old just as loved ones attended to us when we were young and helpless. That is the ideal until we exit this life to enter the eternal one ahead. Voted up and useful...for indeed it is useful for people who have not been thinking ahead. For the future lies ahead!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Debbie,

      Thanks for stopping by :)

      So what you are old, you are still kicking it :) Cheers!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      love your Haiku. but sadly it makes me realize how old I am and I am getting so close..lol

      love your poem

      debbie

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      you're welcome!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      thanks Justin :)

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      sad.poignant.true.awesome

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hello Lady_E,

      I agree. Idle mind is bad for one's health. Old age and retired, one should venture out to do something so keep oneself busy.

      Thanks for the vote of confidence. appreciated it!

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Lovely Haiku

      People who have retired,

      should engage in a hobby.

      There life has not expired.

      They can find ways to keep happy. :)

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hello Manoj,

      Thank you the appreciation and always feel delighted to get praised by a prolific writer like you!

      Thank you!!

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      Manoj Kumar Srivastava 5 years ago from India

      Another great Haiku from Ruchira. You seem to have been Haikud of late. These lovely, meaningful and syllable perfect haiku keep tumbling out of your haiku factory. Great Ruchira your emotional feel is awesome and you have captured the essence perfectly.

      Manoj

      P.S:- Reading your work is always a pleasure.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      hahaha...you can never be old linda. With your contagious sense of humor :)

      I am glad you enjoyed it, though! Thank you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Why do I feel old now? I know! Because your haiku was awesome and I felt your words. I'll bounce back soon:))

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Stacy,

      Such a pleasure to see ya :)

      yes, I agree I did not portray a good picture of this old man :( but, old age is a very depressing scenario with fragile body and with this recession dunno how our 401K/pension plans will materialize when "we" retire....lol

      thanks for your feedback...appreciate it.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      What a great haiku... the way you described it... not sure I am looking forward to it ;)

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      well said, ruby.

      Old age is another BIG problem which I foresee :(

      thanks for your wonderful feedback ;-)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love this Ruchira, a perfect haiku concerning old age..My philosophy, You have two choices..Age or die young..Cheers

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you Frank

      Raciniwa

      Vinaya

      Appreciate you all stopping by to read and comment.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I'm enjoying my youth at the moment. LOL

      Your haiku are lovely.

      Cheers

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      this is a great haiku for old age, old age is inevitable for all of us...

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Ruchira you do this so well :)

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      I hope so too Writer20.

      Thanks for the read, stop and comment :)

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Voted up and awesome although it's sad. There should be someone knocking on his door very soon to help him.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Lesley,

      I am glad that you liked the above. Yes, it sure is sad to be spending old age alone :(

      Hi Audrey,

      Thank you for your kind words. Wishing you joy, Always!

      Hi Rachel,

      Thank you for your support. I am glad you are considerate of our senior citizens :) Thanks for stopping by!

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      Rachel Richmond 5 years ago from California

      Oh wow. That was beautiful. I'm glad I still keep in touch or stop by loved ones places. It really sums up what some go through entering older age.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Beautiful and pulled at my heart strings--Thank you!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ruchira, very nice haiku, so sad that he was facing old age on his own...

      Voting up and thank you for sharing, best wishes Lesley

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Well said jonmcclusk. We give so much importance to life and it's problems at young age that little do we realize that old age with body so fragile, our problems will more :(

      Thanks for such a valuable feedback.

      Appreciate you stopping by!

      Will drop by your profile to pay a visit to your hubs...cheers!

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      Jonathan McCloskey 5 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      If age could be our only worry, wouldn't that be something? Excellent work, makes me think; voted up.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you Debby

      Susan

      Sunnie

      for your kind words of encouragement.

      Sunnie, this hub was inspired after reading your hub titled, "Burt & Birdie" where you talk about the old couple. It sure was a funny hub but, made me ponder over old age :)

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Very nice Haiku depicting aging but sad that he may do it alone. Hopefully he will not and someone will reach out a hand.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great haiku...sad though as we look forward to old age..

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Ruchira ~ Fun with haiku here showing the passage of time and human changes to physical and emotional. Very nice voting up. Blessings, Debby