An old man's job


Give me a break;

Cut me some slack.

I’m too ancient to be fast track;

Give me an old man’s job.


No stacking shelves

Or humping coal:

A comfy chair is my main goal.

Give me an old man’s job.


Forget late shifts

Or early starts;

I am more used to walk-on parts.

Give me an old man’s job.


Driving a bus

Is not for me;

I need too many breaks for…. tea.

Give me an old man’s job.


Deliver post?

You are joking;

I’d be wrecked and come home soaking.

Give me an old man’s job.


A proper role

Behind a desk:

Absorbing, yet not Kafkaesque.

Give me an old man’s job.


I can’t patrol

The windy street;

I shall stick to my balance sheet.

Give me an old man’s job.


Nothing on wheels

Or out at sea:

You know full well it’s not for me.

I just want to make a few bob,

So please, give me an old man’s job!

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Westcliff (On Sea) ►


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Stephen Gospage

Sat 27th Nov 2021 16:26

Thanks, John. I'm sure you must have raised a few, at least metaphorically. Thank you for your kind comment, Julie, and thanks for the like, Pete.

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John Coopey

Fri 26th Nov 2021 21:37

Cracking, Stephen.
I confess that although I put in 40 years, I never raised a sweat.

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julie callaghan

Fri 26th Nov 2021 21:18

Enjoyed this, thank you Stephen.

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Stephen Gospage

Thu 25th Nov 2021 20:59

Thank you Candice and Holden for the positive comments, which are most appreciated. I suppose a Kafkaesque job could still be absorbing, but perhaps not for old men!

And thanks to Bramwell, Stephanie and Jim for reading and liking this one.

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Stephen Gospage

Thu 25th Nov 2021 20:57

Holden Moncrieff

Wed 24th Nov 2021 02:34

"Absorbing, yet not Kafkaesque" is a most excellent description, Stephen! ? Another great poem! ?

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Candice Reineke

Wed 24th Nov 2021 01:38

Love it! ?

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Stephen Gospage

Tue 23rd Nov 2021 16:59

Thanks for the positive comments, Keith and John (and Gail), and for the nice couplet, M.C. I hope that it will appeal to all ages. Glad that you were able to empathise with it, Keith. There may be a lot of competition for these jobs, John, as they do not just appeal to the older generation!
This is first and foremost a humourous poem, which also connects to a slight suspicion of the 'Sixty is the new forty' etc. mantra. It may be true, but not every day! As you say, Keith, the spirit is willing.....

And thanks for the likes, Stephen and Rudyard.

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John Botterill

Tue 23rd Nov 2021 15:17

I completely agree, Stephen. My wife liked it too and we both want the sort of job you advocate. Thanks. John (and Gail) ?

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 23rd Nov 2021 15:01

A welcome piece of fun that anyone can probably identify with;
age is no bar!
With the day now stretching out ahead
I think I'd prefer to stay in bed! ?

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keith jeffries

Tue 23rd Nov 2021 10:43

Cane we empathise in poetry? Well, this poem proves we can as it speaks to me this morning as another day begins. Sapped of energy the spirit is willing but the body is weak. Stephen, well crafted, tinged with humour and O so very true.

Thank you for this.

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