We have put on the costumes of old people

adapted so well to them

squirmed and squeezed into shapes

become disproportionate with waists bulging

shoulders hunched,

worst of all the tight masks that say grin and bear it

and the misery so great we need to share it. 


The young in their fresh skin

do not get a look in, nor would they wish to

except in rare moments of curiosity

or disbelief as they never see

what we are hiding underneath. 




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Wed 15th Mar 2023 19:55

Thanks for all your interesting viewpoints, obviously I touched a raw nerve with the oldies in particular! We deserve respect, but it has to start within us, a difficult task sometimes . It's lovely to see how your individual sensibilities have risen to the comments. That's Keith, Mark, Stephen, Graham, John and Uilleam for the psychological support !
And thanks for liking the poem Aisha and Poemtheart.


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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Wed 15th Mar 2023 18:35

Ouch my knees!

Thanks for this insightful piece Ray.

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Graham Sherwood

Mon 13th Mar 2023 12:29

Hahaha! JC I suppose you’re right. There’s always a few dandelions amongst the roses

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John Coopey

Mon 13th Mar 2023 10:06

A beautiful flower, Graham? Who are you kidding?
The odd thing about these costumes, Ray, is not just how they look but how they ache when you wear them.

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Graham Sherwood

Sun 12th Mar 2023 22:33

We are all but once beautiful flowers waiting to keel over in the vase! I find myself looking (in a proper manner) at young beautiful people and silently thinking 'if only you knew how lovely you are'.
Birth and death are separated by a mere blink of one's eye!

A good thinking write once more Ray. Bravo

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Stephen Gospage

Sun 12th Mar 2023 21:34

Uncomfortably good, Ray. My brother recently expressed concern that he had bought an 'old man's zipper jacket'. Mind you, yoof is high on bulges in the obese west now, and their clothes can really cause alarm. One less notch on the belt, I reckon......

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 12th Mar 2023 18:16

Shakespeare and Yeats also had something to say about age
and its downside. But I rather enjoy being either invisible or
viewed with a certain polite detachment that sees smiles of
encouragement, with doors being held open and folk stepping aside for me and my two trusty walking sticks.

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keith jeffries

Sat 11th Mar 2023 22:39

As I read these words I recall a dear lady friend who often used the expression, "I may look stupid but it's only the way they dress me".
Thank you for this

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