There is a tendency as we grow old

to withdraw and hide one's soul

A peculiar need arises to be inside

almost a desire to no longer be alive

It could be a sign of some weariness

as if the soul is no longer part of us

To while away the hours with a glass

and let the mind wander in the past

This inertia is often self induced

not particularly overly influenced

From these observations I can deduce

that should a movement should be reduced

Remain fresh and alert to the world about

or the body and mind will shrivel and not shout

Seek for things to occupy your time

perhaps write some poetry with a rhyme

Do not yield to the inner seduction

which only results in an embalming reaction

Keep alert and re engage with the outside

and fight the temptation to go with the tide

◄ The Remnant

The Deep Well of Winter ►


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John Botterill

Mon 10th Jan 2022 20:59

Thanks, Keith, I feel that this is a noble rallying cry to fight the urge to withdraw from life as we get older. Bravo! Well put! 😊

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keith jeffries

Sun 9th Jan 2022 21:48

Yes a good diet of fillet steaks, fried mushrooms washed down with draught Guinness and topped off with a Tiramasu. Perhaps a Stilton Cheese to clean the palate.
No sense in holding back when time is running out

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Stephen Atkinson

Sun 9th Jan 2022 21:48

This is me, after work, at the moment, Keith! Shrivelling on the couch with a cuppa... A well observed piece

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 9th Jan 2022 13:50

We live in an age of over-stimulation, with its ceaseless demands
for our attention. There can be no "older generation" that has
seen so much change and it is to their (our?) credit that we can
still keep up (even when we can't "keep it up" (😉). Self-discipline can be required to resist the blandishments of so much
that is expected of us across the spectrum of modern life. So, my
mantra now is "moderation in all things" - with occasional
excess in what is personally enjoyable before we are claimed
by eternity! P.S. A good diet may well extend a good life!

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keith jeffries

Sun 9th Jan 2022 13:20

Thank you to Kevin, Binte and Holden for the likes. Leon you hit the nail on the head with your comment. Sound advice.
Thank you all

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Sun 9th Jan 2022 12:46

Great poem Keith and if this member of the walking dead may take the liberty of adding another useful slice of advice.....

regular moderate exercise can ease the journey as opposed to vegetating in the armchair methinks

two of which are reasonably easy depending on one's capability and those are taking walks and swimming.

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