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Crabby old man

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a small hospital near Tampa Florida, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.

Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

Crabby Old Man

What do you see nurses? ...What do you see?

What are you thinking......when you're looking at me?

A crabby old man,.....not very wise,

Uncertain of habit ........with faraway eyes?

 

Who dribbles his food.......and makes no reply.

When you say in a loud voice ........'I do wish you'd try!'

Who seems not to notice .....the things that you do.

And forever is losing ...... A sock or shoe?

 

Who, resisting or not......lets you do as you will,

With bathing and feeding ..... The long day to fill?

Is that what you're thinking?......Is that what you see?

Then open your eyes, nurse......you're not looking at me.

 

Sadly, it has been said by some senior citizens that they feel like the "invisible society". No one listens…

I'll tell you who I am ...... As I sit here so still,

As I do at your bidding,.....as I eat at your will.

I'm a small child of Ten......with a father and mother,

Brothers and sisters .....who love one another

 

A young boy of Sixteen …….with wings on his feet

Dreaming that soon now........a lover he'll meet.

A groom soon at Twenty .......my heart gives a leap.

Remembering, the vows........that I promised to keep.

 

At Twenty-Five, now ........ I have young of my own.

Who need me to guide ........And a secure happy home.

A man of Thirty ....... My young now grown fast,

Bound to each other ....... With ties that should last.

 

At Forty, my young sons ......have grown and are gone,

But my woman's beside me.......to see I don't mourn.

At Fifty, once more, ......... Babies play 'round my knee,

Again, we know children ........ My loved one and me.

 

Dark days are upon me ...... My wife is now dead.

I look at the future ......I shudder with dread.

For my young are all rearing......young of their own.

And I think of the years...... And the love that I've known.

 

I'm now an old man .......and nature is cruel.

'Tis jest to make old age .......look like a fool.

The body, it crumbles..........grace and vigor, depart.

There is now a stone........where I once had a heart.

 

But inside this old carcass ...... A young guy still dwells,

And now and again ........my battered heart swells.

I remember the joys........I remember the pain.

And I'm loving and living.............life over again.

 

I think of the years all too few......gone too fast.

And accept the stark fact........that nothing can last.

So open your eyes, people .........open and see..

Not a crabby old man.....Look closer....see........ME!!

 

Regardless of its origin this is a thought provoking poem. It certainly strikes a cord and has earned it's place on our Random Blogs link and may cause some of us to ponder when we next see a senior citizen. 

We can’t change the world but we can change someone else’s world with a little more thought.

The stats are very high of those who are sadly widowed living alone and rarely get the opportunity to really speak to someone from one week to the next. 

We need to be more understanding of our mature and elderly citizens. Take the time out when you can to spend a little time to make their day. We are fortunate with two young children who are great ice breakers raising many a smile from the elderly, enabling polite conversation to take place. 

I am aware that there are many areas that are we should also consider but for just now lets give some thought to our elderly citizens.

I will revisit this topic at a later period at the end of the year.

If you have some comments to make, please keep on topic. Perhaps something you have to share, maybe how you have brought a little sunshine into the twilight years of an elderly citizen. Sometimes just a genuine warm smile will help brighten up their day.

Graham