The Mundane Challenged

The Mundane Challenged


I used to ridicule and scorn

the sedentary life style of the old

Their prosaic sense of out dated values

anaesthetized from the reality of life

I despised their lack of courage or endeavour

a fixation of themselves and their orbit

A self induced malaise consumed them

from mowing the lawn to washing the car

Concern for how others perceived them

to observe life from behind net curtains

Subject to the TV screen and absorbed

by its crap

A generation in the grip of inertia

with no vision or sense of hope or purpose

Some blamed the war

wanting nothing but normality and tranquility

To me it all tasted of defeatism

Yet through life´s cycles and wanderings

I am become one of them

◄ The Bohemian Cafe

If Only.... ►


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keith jeffries

Sat 22nd Sep 2018 12:45

Thank to all who have commented on this poem. It raises many issues regarding retirement and how best to use one´s time when that day comes. For many it is difficult to adjust from a life of routine and stress to one of free time and savouring the rewards of a long working life. It took me some time to deal with this but hobbies, writing, reading and pursuing other interests have keep my mind active. I would also advocate some form of charity work.
Thank you again,

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kJ Walker

Sat 22nd Sep 2018 08:08

Hi Keith, I know it may seem like wishing my life away but I can't wait to retire. Mowing the lawn, washing the car, and watching crap on the telly. It sounds like bliss to me.
Bring on those slippers, I can't wait.

Cheers Kevin

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Taylor Crowshaw

Fri 21st Sep 2018 18:22

Enjoyed this poem Keith..

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Darren J Beaney

Fri 21st Sep 2018 11:22

Top work Keith,

I am sure that you are not that bad...

My top tip, don't hand any nets...



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Thu 20th Sep 2018 22:40

Hi Keith, I have a vested interest in your poem as I am 74, and whilst I am self employed that mainly now means unemployed. However, urges to keep going remain, and I for one agree with your earlier findings about vegetation.
If you have slipped into the slipper mentality so be it. but the main thing is to live a fruitful life, which doesn't just come to us, it has be practised for and then jealously guarded.
When retirement came it was often a death knell for those with a lifelong job, but let us carry on while we may.
Keep that oxygen coming in .

Here endeth …….


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Brian Maryon

Thu 20th Sep 2018 22:00

Keith there's always someone older than you. I know.

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