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The Old Fifty-Niner

Updated on November 24, 2012
The author at 59 years. from Tony DeLorger
The author at 59 years. from Tony DeLorger

The Old Fifty-Niner

By Tony DeLorger © 2012

Fifty-nine, far less of a sex act,

age wrapped in a cold pack,

face looks like an old sack,

just how did I get here?

Can't remember a minute back,

just yesterday I was where it's at,

if I could find my glasses I could read the facts,

and who's staring at me in the mirror.

My kids are dad's and those kids are rad,

but it just making me feel kinda sad,

that I'm missing all the stuff that defined a Dad,

a Grandpa is twice removed.

An older life is still filled with strife,

just making the day with all the bills to pay,

when a body aches in slow decay,

and the highs and lows are balanced.

Don't get me wrong,

this old fart ain't gone,

just slowing down but my head's still on,

and I know a thing or two.

The cycle of life just carries on,

you blink and realise it's almost gone,

and what you've done is like an old song,

that keeps rolling through your mind.

So I sit here thinking what it's all about,

this cycle of living and what I got out,

the lovers and wars and the beauty and doubt,

about the purpose of sharing this gift.

In age there's wisdom, at least that's what's said,

but when I roll to the edge of my empty bed,

and see the light creeping into my scrambled head,

I get dizzy from the endless turns.

I guess there's solace in the knowledge of having been there,

having loved and lost and and in the end, cared,

and I am filled with the dreams of what was and wasn't aired,

in this cycle of my life.

In the end, I guess, all you can do,

it give it a go and to oneself be true,

and hold on to all that love's imbued,

and be thankful for all that's been.

At fifty-nine, I tow the line,

my body a memory of what used to be mine,

but at least my voice is still on line,

and for that I remain truly grateful.


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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Debbie, yes laughter is the answer to all of life's woos, no matter what age. Take care.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      so your 59 wow.. thats awesome.. you made me laugh

      I am 61 .. feeling good.. loving life..

      great poem..


    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Jaye, from the young whipper-snapper, and you're right, every year is a gift. Thanks for you comment. have a great day.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thank you Poohgranma, a lovely compliment, although I really had nothing to do with it. Glad you enjoyed my thoughts.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Yep. I'm not done yet. Thanks for your comment Don.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Theresa, glad you enjoyed it, and hope you find some other hubs that please you. Thanks for dropping by.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Don't worry whonunuwho, I appreciate every second of it and I'm not done yet. Glad you enjoyed it.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you enjoyed LaThing, and here's to the next twenty years.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      You are kind Susan, and thanks for my birthday wishes. have a great day.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Vikki, glad you related and enjoyed my thoughts.

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      Jaye Denman 

      6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Happy Birthday! From where I sit (aged 69), you're not old, you're still a "young whipper-snapper." If I were going to be 59 on my next birthday, I wouldn't need another gift....

      Enjoyed your poem and had a chuckle or two. Voted Up+++


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      6 years ago from On the edge

      I love this - so clever! I was just trying to figure out how I got to sixty-one and realized I completely missed middle-age! You are strikingly handsome for any age, not just 59 and I find it completely unfair that men age into character while woman just get old!!!

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      Don Bobbitt 

      6 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Tony- Good Poem reflecting a pretty good attitude, I think.

      At 66, I can say that you are right on track with the rest of us Boomers, just keeping the boat in the middle of the river, but unlike others in the past, we are still wondering what is around the next bend.


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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Well written and all too true. I have the aches and pains, but mentally I am as sharp as I ever was. I love my work (history professor), love my children and grandchildren, have good friends, HP has been an unexpected and positive addition to my life, an outlet for both scholarly and creative writing, and I am surrounded by books, art, music, trees and cats - what more could I want?. Even with aches and pains, life is still pretty good. Good poem. Think I'll go see what else you have written. :)

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      6 years ago from United States

      59, Tony you are still young my friend. This is the time that we can really appreciate life and not care if we make any mistakes anymore, but only to appreciate and live life to our fullest.

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      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Wonderful poem..... I had to laugh at some of your lines, but remember you still have 20+ some years ahead of you...... Think in the future, you will know you are still young! Wish many more happy years to come. Take care, Tony.

      Voting up and awesome poem!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Well sir I think you look really good for 59. Sweet poem and Happy Birthday!

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      6 years ago from Mystic, CT

      It's difficult getting old, as I am realizing that too when my body aches and my mirror doesn't look so good, but we're all in this together. Nicely written and I'm sure many have the same thoughts!


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