75 PERCENT---a poem by O.L. Buzzerd


At my old age

I am operating

at about 75%

most of the time


some days

it drops down to 50


there are days when

it's just a struggle

to walk or move

inertia is my style


sore and stiff

is the best description


everything hurts

the old legs done give out

pain is more common

than not


the knees pop

the back aches

arthritis works its way around

pickin out the joints

it wants to occupy for the day


it don't pay to get old

but even 50% of livin'

is better than zero

at that point you're deceased


the only good thing about zero is

when ya get down to zero

nothin' hurts anymore.



-O.L. Buzzerd

(Treadin' Water)


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Paul Sayer

Tue 4th Aug 2020 23:09

d. when the sun came up this morning I did not... I must be getting old.

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keith jeffries

Tue 4th Aug 2020 13:12


A lament to growing old which so many of us will join with you. Your symptoms are universal but you describe them well. Have you reached the walking stick stage yet.

Good poem


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